I did promise I'd follow up on the BURA response to the Budget this week and now I'm running out of time (and it's a bit pukka this, as measured-and-considered folk wrote most of it).
To recap: BURA published its Framework for Regeneration on 17 March at MIPIM. It went very well. The Budget on the following Wednesday looked like the ideal opportunity to put into practice our plan to test emerging proposals against our six principles.
The Budget was quickly followed by the Total Place report and the announcement about the Housing Revenue Account. Each of these proposals will need detailed study in their own right by the experts (and I will revisit these once I have consulted). But against the BURA Framework our question is whether the Budget and the other announcements will deliver better regeneration?
The core statement in the budget is: "Over the last decade, the Government has put in place policies designed to ensure that all parts of the UK benefit from economic growth. But it is important that policy takes account of the different characteristics and prospects of different places. The Government's regeneration interventions will be focused on tackling worklessness, investing strategically for the regeneration of places that offer realistic opportunities for transforming their economic performance, and on connecting people to economic opportunities in places with lower prospects."
Of course we knew all that already, so let's look at each of our six principles and some of the specifics:
1. Putting people first. Even allowing for the dry language of budget documents the sense you get is that people are seen as part of the economic machine. Continuing delivery on skills and programmes for young people, along with many other regular services, will all help but there is no clear message about people. Total Place offers a citizen viewpoint and proposes an integrated offer to users, especially those with complex and multiple needs.