Inner Cities, Economic Development and Social Services: The Government’s Continuing Agenda

  • Gerry Stoker
Part of the Government Beyond the Centre book series (GBC)


One of the main characteristics of the Government’s approach to local government from the mid-1980s onwards is the breadth and range of its concern. This chapter provides a ‘round-up’ of key changes not dealt with elsewhere in Part I of the book. Inner City Policy, Economic Development and Social Services are the main focus of attention.


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Notes and references

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    For a case study, see T. Brindley, Y. Rydin and G. Stoker, Remaking Planning (Unwin Hyman, 1989) ch. 6.Google Scholar
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    See Lawless, ‘British Inner Urban Policy’; and T. Brindley and G. Stoker, ‘Partnership in Inner City Urban Renewal — a critical analysis’, Local Government Policy Making, vol. 15, no. 2 (1988) pp. 3–12.Google Scholar
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    For a general review, see J. Chandler and P. Lawless, Local Authorities and the Creation of Employment (Gower, 1986). It has been estimated that in the mid-1980s local authorities spent about £200m on such activities. SeeGoogle Scholar
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    Department of Employment, Employment for the 1990s, CMS40 (HMSO, 1988) para. 5. 1.Google Scholar
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    For a discussion of the role of the SDA, see M. Keating and R. Boyle, Remaking Urban Scotland (Edinburgh University Press, 1986) ch. 5.Google Scholar
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    For a fuller discussion of ageing trends, see E. Midwinter, ‘Ageing Trends and Local Government’, Local Government Policy Making, vol. 15, no. 3 (December 1988) pp. 9–14.Google Scholar
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