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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

New deal? 


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Hyson Green, in my home town of Nottingham, has had its fair share of problems – poor housing, under-funded schools, a high crime-rate and so on. I worked as a teacher there in the late seventies just before the ’81 riots, and my friend Mark (in the picture) works with young people there now. Hyson Green is now part of a New Deals initiative - I really hope it makes a difference – but I’ve yet to see evidence that these massive regeneration schemes work. Questions have been raised, so it’s good to see that Sheffield Hallam University is leading on an evaluation of NDCs.

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