All-party group seeks ideas on how to bring economic benefits of regeneration to neglected urban areas

A parliamentary inquiry to investigate why developers are not doing more to spread the benefits of regeneration to inner-city communities has been launched.

The All-Party Urban Development Group (APUDG) has issued a call for evidence for its inquiry into how major inner-city regeneration projects can do more to boost jobs and training for local people.

The inquiry will look at whether fiscal incentives are required to persuade developers to leave a better employment legacy.

The group said in a statement that while many UK city centres had benefited from major physical regeneration in the past decade, many surrounding inner-city communities “have not benefited substantially from new development, especially with regard to employment and jobs”.

The APUDG is a cross-party group of MPs, Lords and other interested organisations, chaired by Sheffield Attercliffe MP Clive Betts and former minister Nick Raynsford. Support is provided by the British Property Federation and the Centre for Cities think tank.

The group said that evidence to the inquiry should be submitted by 13 October.

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