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hitting the target“This report from nef (the new economics foundation) asks why inequality is increasing when investment in deprived areas is growing. It is not only an important question to ask but also a timely one as the Government is pumping significant funding into regeneration initiatives in the build-up to the 2012 Olympic Games.

Focusing on the experience of St Helens metropolitan borough on Merseyside, our research suggests that the methods used by policy makers to measure the success of Local Economic Growth Initiatives (LEGIs) , although an improvement on what went before, are still inadequate. A more sophisticated approach is needed for the shortcomings of successive regeneration programmes to be understood and overcome.”

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