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Coalfield Regeneration

Those of you who live or work in or around the traditional coal mining areas of the UK will be acutely aware of the destruction of the coal mining industry in the 1990s.  Others may remember Margaret Thatcher’s reference to the 'enemy within' when she and Arthur Scargill were making headlines.  Either way, you may be interested in the latest report produced by the Public Accounts Committee.

The Committee have reported on the Department for Communities and Local Government initiatives to regenerate coalfield areas and whether the £630 million spent has been value for money.

The report makes very interesting reading and is a damning indictment of the way in which the Department planned and managed the initiatives.  The short and simplified answer is that this has been very poor value for money (on a pretty big scale).

You may be asking what this has to do with our usual news.  Although we now have nothing on the scale of the coal mining industry, there have been many major closures within manufacturing and production in recent times, and possibly more to come (with the latest announcement of planned job cuts on the London Underground).  So we’re back to the age old question which keeps rearing it’s head - have lessons been learned and what will be different now?

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it".

 


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