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Big question: Is the government right about “sink estates”?

Cameron's plan involves demolishing tower blocks—is it much-needed regeneration, or social cleansing?

By Prospect Team  

A tower block on the Brookes Estate in Plaistow, east London, is demolished by a controlled explosion. ©Stefan Rousseau/PA

This week, David Cameron announced plans to redevelop 100 of the country’s poorest “sink estates.” In practice, this means that the government is to spend £140 million pulling down concrete tower blocks and erecting new houses in their place. Up to 360,000 extra homes could be created under the scheme. 

Cameron has branded the scheme a…

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