'Flatten estates in north'
A REPORT last week recommended wiping out whole estates in poor areas, mainly in the north of England. Many estates have be come ghost towns because of high unemployment. Between 1981 and 1993 the big cities in northern England lost 652,000 manufacturing jobs. Some 60,000 people a year are leaving those areas, often moving south to find work.
This has left estates with empty homes in areas of high unemployment while workers desperately chase jobs in areas where there is little affordable housing. The recent report commissioned by the government's Housing Corporation quango concluded that many estates were not worth saving through extra funding. It recommended authorities simply "manage their decline".