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People or Place? Urban policy in the age of austerity

People or Place? Urban policy in the age of austerity

Tuesday, 18 September 2012
14:30 - 16:30
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD


• Dr. Tim Leunig, Chief Economist at Centre Forum & Reader in Economic History at the LSE
• Professor Pete Tyler, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge
• Lizzie Crowley, Senior Researcher, The Work Foundation & Report Author
• Dr. Neil Lee, Head of Socio-Economic Centre, The Work Foundation (Chair)

The context
In the face of large cuts in public finance, the government has radically reduced funding for regeneration. ‘Area based initiatives’ for regeneration have been ended. Critics have argued that this means cutting funding from those parts of the country with the weakest economies.

Yet others argue that the old model of regeneration had failed, and that place based economic development had only limited impact anyway. Given cuts in public finance and the limitations of old models of regeneration, the focus should be on policies for people, not place.

This event – held to celebrate the launch of our latest report ‘People or Place: Urban Policy in the Age of Austerity’  - will investigate these issues. The event will bring together high level representatives of business, the third sector and national and local government to consider the report’s findings, and will focus on the following key questions:

• How have changes in the economy widened disparities within and between cities?
• What worked in the old model of regeneration – and what failed? 
• Should policy focus on people rather than places?  
• How can policymakers, business and the third sector work together to ensure that people can access opportunities wherever they live?

To reserve your place at this event please email your name, organisation and job title to Jenny Gulliford at or please call 020 7976 3597.

Our Bottom Ten Million research programme is proudly sponsored by Barrow Cadbury Trust, Tudor Trust, The Private Equity Foundation and Working Links.

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