Britain's housing estates are "nothing short of a national embarrassment" with little being done to tackle crime, unemployment and gang violence, a leading think tank has said.
The Policy Exchange suggests housing estates are "entrenched" with social problems including drug abuse, child neglect and domestic violence, following "decades of neglect and ghettoization".
"The state of many of Britain's social housing is nothing short of a national embarrassment," the report says.
"Too often, crime, unemployment, gangs and violence are rife. The human cost is heartbreaking; the cost to the public purse immense."
The think tank called on the government to establish "estate recovery teams", featuring representatives from local schools, hospitals and social workers, to tackle "deep-rooted" problems on estates.
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