COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Community worker questions Labour's regeneration policy

A grassroots community worker from Blackpool challenged the Government on its regeneration policies at a packed fringe meeting at the Labour party conference.

Edwina Toner, volunteer at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in central Blackpool, was speaking at the meeting Rebuilding Communities: The Role of Faith, hosted by Christian charity the Shaftsbury Society, the Christian Socialist Movement and the Evangelical Alliance.

She said that while she supported the Government's regeneration agenda, there needed to be more dialogue between local authorities and people at a grassroots level, or the agenda would fail. Her view was supported by Professor Bob Holman, a Christian based on the Easterhouse estate in Glasgow, who voiced his frustration at the lack of direct grants available for community projects.

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