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Re-claiming 'inner cities' - in the Commons, Mr Clegg denied that large cities would be "cleansed" of poor people following cuts to housing benefits.  But ministers accept that many thousands of people will have to move house if the changes go ahead.
Some inner city MPs feel that the cuts in housing benefits would be an agent in achieving a change in the inner city character and population. Conservative MP Mark Field, whose Cities of London and Westminster constituency includes some of the country's most expensive properties, said the policy would free up larger family accommodation.  Young middle class people had become excluded from city centres which had now become the home to either the super rich or the very poor, he said. www.newssniffer.co.uk/articles/367481/diff/3/4

Considering the implications of the housing benefit cuts along with other recent happenings such as the selection of the current London Mayor and who and from which London suburbs mostly voted for him, tend to justify the concerns that there is a kind of implicit move to re-claim inner cities, like London!

Depopulation of the inner cities accelerated, more so in 1960s/ 1970s, on the trail of a garden, a semi-detached and better quality of life. The escape route was littered with euphoric promises of prosperity and a non-inner city character - the green belt, the garden, land, and landscape with no diversity in sight. New towns were the creation of elite patronage without political, social or real economic analysis – they were built on vacuum ideology where all the projections were jettisoned, sacrificed at the alter of demands of employers who were least interested to preserve the dominant social and class characteristic in newly developed towns. The only viable industry left is the floodgate of tourism and the service industry located in large inner cities like London. After all, who wants to visit Milton Keynes?

Taking London as an example, return to London is a natural desire of those who decided on a flight to new towns to avoid the organic connection between decay, dereliction of inner cities with the poor and vulnerable inhabitants, simply to realise that new towns offer little opportunities. Therefore, spaces are now needed to accommodate such a return. The questions that need to be raised and answered are not why the concentration of 'poor' in inner cities which, no doubt, highlights class inequality and social deprivation – but why they emerge both as the cause and as the victim of the situations like that highlighted by MP Mark Field and which need harsh solutions! Mr Clegg seems to be trying to defend an indefensible position!
   

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