Planning role mooted for labour deals

The planning system should be used to help secure local labour agreements, a report has recommended.

The RENEW Northwest report into regeneration programmes and women's employment argues that policies including section 106 agreements should be used to help local people access jobs created when developments are coming forward.

It complains that local people, ethnic minorities and women are under-represented on regeneration boards while jobs that result from new developments favour highly-skilled workers.

Gender impact assessments should be routinely included in regeneration proposals, while gender equality must be taken into account when all regeneration programmes are considered it argues.

The report draws upon research from Oxfam and Sheffield Hallam University as well as its own investigation across England.

They include Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, West Sussex and the London Borough of Southwark.

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