I was about to get a bit angsty about the fact that the statement is the shortest statement we've seen in 30 years, until some smarty-pants pointed out that the regeneration sector is rather used to screeds of verbiage and policy guidance but it hasn't actually always inculcated a culture of real action or delivery. So that put me back in my box.
And, certainly, when UKR began calling for the government to set out its plans for regeneration, we had in mind something like the old-fashioned government white papers (we even wrote our own "Not the white paper" - see blog 11 October 2011 - and jolly good it was too) but we now realise that we were still partly stuck in the remains of our top-down mindset.
So it is action, not words. Dr Clever-Knickers Evans has a new word for this government: WYSIWYAG (or What You Saw Is What You Are Getting) and it has to be said that the regeneration statement is simply a pulling-together of all the relevant strands from the recent suite of white papers and putting them into a one-stop (forgive me coining one of our old terms) document.
No surprises, no rabbits out of hats (well almost none), no bells and whistles; the statement is a simple laying out of the basic tools that we now have and the resources available. Yes, we would have preferred to see a doubling of the Regional Growth Fund but we didn't really expect it to happen (and nor should anyone else have done so if they had been listening to ministerial pronouncements for the last nine months). And we are still expecting some further hooks in the Budget for Growth on 23 March (note to chancellor: may we have EZ-TIF? Pretty please).