36. Inner Cities
It should be pointed out that inner city regeneration has been an issue since the mid 70s, many years before the Governments of the 70s and 80s. It also becomes apparant to anyone who studies these issues seriously that regeneration occured largely due to Conservative policies of free enterprise, co-operation with the private sector and the creation of a stakeholder society years before Tony started using the phrase. These are all policies that Labour opposed throughout the 80s and 90s, and have now chosen to follow. Under the Conservatives over a million families became homeowners. Conservative Governments were responsible for the Urban Development Corporations, City Challenge and the Single Regeneration Budget. These policies worked.