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NEWCASTLE SOCIAL CONDITIONS HIGHLIGHTED BY BEECHAM

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Local Government Association chairman and Newcastle City councillor Jeremy Beecham has decried as 'intolerable' the...
Local Government Association chairman and Newcastle City councillor Jeremy Beecham has decried as 'intolerable' the social conditions in his ward as he approaches his 30 year anniversary of being a local authority member, reported The Journal (p15).

At the British Urban Regeneration Association conference in Belfast, he spoke about conditions at a local level as well as the relationship between central and local government in Britain as a whole.

He said: 'I will celebrate 30 years as a councillor for an inner city ward in Newcastle against a background of one man in three in my ward being unemployed, of approaching one in two of 16 to 24 year olds being unemployed, eight out of 10 children being on free school meals and a significantly higher level of mortality and morbidity than the ward I live in merely a couple of miles away.'

He said until statistics like that were changed, 'none of us in local or central government, the private or community sector can say we have effectively tackled the job of regeneration'.

Sir Jeremy's speech is available in full from LGCNet. Tel 0171 833 7324/5 and we shall fax you a copy.
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