Groundwork has welcomed today’s report by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) urging a greater emphasis on the role of place in tackling inequality.
The report “Poverty, place and inequality – Why place-based approaches are key to tackling poverty and inequality” calls for coordinated efforts to improve the social and environmental fabric of the communities in which people live as well as promoting better outcomes for people in terms of health and employment.
The RTPI report says this can be achieved by ‘understanding how better built environments and stronger place-based initiatives can support and promote employment, educational achievements, better health and improved social mobility’.
Responding to the RTPI report, Groundwork UK chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We have 35 years’ experience of building better, greener communities in the places that need it most. Creating a sense of place and ensuring people have access to facilities such as green space, public transport and local services are vital in ensuring communities are vibrant and resilient.”
“Places that look better and where more people know their neighbours and volunteer have lower crime rates and higher levels of investment. Effective planning and regeneration can help tackle both the symptoms and causes of poverty. Done well it can also ensure more people have a real voice and a real stake in how their neighbourhoods are managed.”
“We agree that LEPs and combined authorities have a great opportunity to embed these principles in the way they seize the opportunities presented by devolution.”
A link to the full report can be found here.
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