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EXAMINE THE REASONS FOR INNER CITY INITIATIVES AND RE-DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES 10 The widest definition of an Inner City is An area found in older cities surrounding the CBD where the prevailing economic social and environmental conditions pose severe problems Although the inner city areas have been identified as having problems for many years it was not until 1988 that Margaret Thatcher put forward the Action for Cities campaign She realised that something had to be done to improve the conditions and took the problems found in the inner cities as the reasons why the re-development schemes were necessary When launching the scheme Thatcher said In partnership with the people and the private sector we intend to step up the pace of renewal and regeneration to make our inner cities much better places to live work and invest The inner city programme specified 6 aims - to enhance job prospects and the ability of residents to compete for them - to bring land and buildings back into use - to improve housing conditions - to encourage private sector investment - to encourage self-help and improve social fabric and - to improve environmental quality The Government also set up programmes which would help these aims to be met such as the Urban Development Corporations eg LDDC London Docklands Development Corporation and the availability of grants for urban development The inner cities had many problems all of which linked together to form a less affluent area which was very hard to improve as to help with one problem often meant having to solve another one too Housing in inner city areas was poor quality and in a 1991 census it was found that over 1 million homes in the inner cities still lacked the basic amenities of bathrooms WCs and hot water The occupants have low incomes and are often elderly young Or consist of very large families leading to a high population density and over
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