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Low-income neighbourhoods in Britain

The gap between policy ideas and residents’ realities

The report examines some of the principles and assumptions behind policies concerned with place, poverty and welfare introduced by the Coalition Government and considers how they connect with the attitudes, perceptions and experiences of the research respondents. We concentrate on four key themes in policy reform and neighbourhood change: community cohesion and division and the Big Society; ‘making work pay’ and reducing dependency by improving opportunities to enter the labour market; encouraging localism and developing neighbourhood planning; and achieving community regeneration through economic growth.