HOW will communities across the North of England fare under the policy decisions made by the Government?
This is the question posed by an important new research paper issued today by the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC), a not-for-profit organisation whose members manage three-quarters of social housing in the North.
Jo Boaden, chief executive of the NHC, said: “We recognise that the Government faces a significant challenge to reduce the structural deficit and promote growth in every region of the country while delivering far-reaching reform of our public services.
“However, we are concerned that the cumulative impact of policies on the North may not assist the Government to achieve these objectives.
“Furthermore, our research demonstrates that the potential consequences may in fact be further entrenchment of existing deprivation within some Northern communities.
“We are at risk of increasing, rather than reducing, inequality. Ultimately, this potentially puts social cohesion at even greater risk.
“We know the Government will wish to be alert to the possible consequences and will want to work with NHC members and their communities to develop innovative solutions that provide real opportunities to improve both the quality of life of our people and the quality of our places.
“We recently hosted a series of Innovations Panels to identify how NHC members are responding to the risks faced by communities across the North, and are now engaging with government to implement effective solutions arising from these panels.”
For further information or to request a copy of the NHC’s report, Northern Impact: Northern Opportunities, please contact Charlotte.firstname.lastname@example.org