REGENERATION NEWS: Local communities should be first to benefit

Local communities should be the first to benefit from a renewed emphasis on skills in regeneration, according to Groundwork. In its response to the government's skills strategy white paper, Groundwork says that enabling local people to take control of their own surroundings is key to delivering sustainable regeneration. It argues that the skills vacuum in rundown neighbourhoods means that local regeneration jobs are often taken by people from outside these areas. Jim McManus, Groundwork's head of themes and policies, called for a skills sector council to be created to tackle the skills shortage with a view to equipping community activists for the role.


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