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Policy spotlight 2: Why the next government should focus on neighbourhoods

13 Jun 2024

Over the past decade, the neighbourhoods which make up England have been overlooked. But if we are going to address poverty and inequality exactly where they manifest, we need a shift to policymaking with a neighbourhood lens.

This is the second paper in a series reviewing the evidence for the key principles underpinning the Big Local programme. The first policy spotlight highlighted the importance of social infrastructure, this new report focuses on the importance of neighbourhoods as the locus of policy and targeted interventions.

This paper summarises the evidence that shows how the neighbourhoods we live and work in shape our quality of life. It identifies that the neighbourhoods most in need of support are on the periphery of towns and cities that are often the beneficiaries of regeneration efforts. Finally, it demonstrates that neighbourhood interventions actually work where other models have failed.