The study reviews policy issues that came out of a seminar held in March 2005. It makes recommendations for government, principal authorities and local councils and stakeholders that will feed into the development of the government’s neighbourhood policy, as set out in its paper 'Citizen Engagement and Public Services: Why Neighbourhoods Matter'.
The report explores the roles played by local councils, area committees of principal authorities and area forums in regeneration. It identifies the advantages and disadvantages of each model. The report then draws lessons from three case studies of joint working between urban local councils and principal authorities. It focuses on the reforms required to enable urban parish councils to contribute to regeneration and neighbourhood management.