Urban task force recommendations ignored

6 Jul 00
MPs have severely criticised the Treasury for its failure to respond to the recommendations of last year's urban task force.

07 July 2000

A report from the Commons environment, transport and regional affairs committee accuses the Treasury of kicking the proposals 'into the long grass'. They suggest that the task force's suggestions should be used as a basis for the expected urban white paper.

'It is disgraceful that over a year after the report was published, the Treasury has come to no conclusions about the proposed fiscal measures put forward by the task force, and will not come to any until November at the earliest,' the committee concludes.

Headed by Lord Rogers, the task force called for a radical package of tax incentives to help produce an urban renaissance. Tax breaks would be offered to encourage developers, landlords and tenants back into areas of deprivation.


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