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MINISTER TO SPEAK AT RACE AND REGENERATION CONFERENCE

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DETR minister Angela Eagle will speak at a conference on race and ...
DETR minister Angela Eagle will speak at a conference on race and

regeneration to be held in London tomorrow (30 April). The conference,

organised by the LGIU, will also see the launch of an important new

research report on the impact of regeneration schemes on black and minority ethnic communities.

The report looks at how the Single Regeneration Budget Challenge Fund has worked, particularly with regard to the effect the money has had on black and minority ethnic communities. It concludes that these communities have rarely led bids for money and larger local players have often not involved them in putting together bids for funds.

The origins of regeneration strategies are closely linked to the problems of racism and racial disadvantage. Yet regeneration programmes have failed to promote race equality in Britain's towns and cities.

This conference will weave together different perspectives on race and

regeneration in order to get a fuller view of the issues involved. The aim is to better understand existing problems so that effective solutions can be developed. It will explore practical ways to involve and benefit black and minority ethnic communities in regeneration strategies.

The research report on the impact of the SRB Challenge Fund on those

communities has been carried out for the LGIU by the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Birmingham and the Built Environment Development Centre at the University of Central England.

The report will focus on good practice in the formulation and

implementation of locally-based regeneration initiatives. It also seeks to influence the future direction of regeneration policy nationally.

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