Economic renewal – to develop economic activity in the most deprived neighbourhoods and connect them to the wider urban economy.

Poverty has for too long blighted the lives of whole neighbourhoods and is one of the primary causes of deprivation. Helping people who live in the most deprived neighbourhoods to get jobs will be one of the best ways of tackling poverty and disadvantage. This Strategy will help focus attention on the particular needs of deprived areas. It will be essential that Neighbourhood Renewal co-ordinates appropriate responses effectively so that there is access to training and business opportunities for people, both where they live and outside their areas. In support of this, we must also ensure that wider regeneration initiatives, wherever possible, have a positive economic impact in supporting deprived neighbourhoods.

Typical activities involve:

  • provision of development opportunities and encouraging investment and business development in the most deprived neighbourhoods, including supporting entrepreneurship;
  • making sure that people living in the most deprived neighbourhoods have the skills they need to participate in the labour market. This will mean helping people with poor basic literacy and numeracy skills, people who left school with few qualifications, and people in certain groups – such as young people, the long term unemployed, disabled people and women – who sometimes face extra problems in finding work;
  • helping people from the most deprived neighbourhoods to get into higher and further education;
  • helping people in the most deprived neighbourhoods to overcome barriers to work such as poor transport or a lack of suitable childcare;
  • supporting training and transport schemes that can help people in the most deprived neighbourhoods get to the jobs that are available elsewhere;
  • ensuring that people on benefits are encouraged and supported to take up their full entitlement and that the process of seeking advice on a wide range of benefit and other issues is made more accessible, and
  • supporting social economy programmes that can encourage community and social enterprises.