The key issues still facing the local communities include:
Low levels of aspiration and lack of confidence
Worklessness and the distance local people are from accessing economic opportunities.
Issues for people making the leap from benefit dependency to employment or setting up in business.
Educational attainment and training and qualifications for work.
Lack of basic parenting skills.
While the original £16.7m of SRB 3 money has levered in additional public and private sector investment of over £200m over a period of 7 years, the area’s decline was deeply embedded over a period of 20 years prior to SRB
Despite the improvements to the physical fabric of the area and the investment in community development, many of the issues are deeply rooted and the remediation strategies that are now in place will take many years to bear fruit.
The challenge for the City is reaching the most vulnerable and ‘hard to reach’ people in the Manor and Castle ward, raising aspirations and challenging the deep embedded cultural norms and attitudes that are perpetuate to the issues identified above.
The Manor and Castle neighbourhoods still rank in the bottom deciles of the government’s Index of Deprivation and the reality of daily life for many local people is still defined by poverty, ill health and limited opportunity, a lack of aspiration which impacts on local people’s ability to take up opportunities that do present.