The industrial decline of the 1980s and 90s in South Yorkshire has taken its toll on Burngreave. High levels of unemployment resulted in poverty once again and a general decline in the appearance of the area. However Burngreave is now experiencing a change in fortune. This has partly resulted from the determination of local residents to stop the spiral of decay and bring about changes. In addition a huge government funded regeneration programme, Burngreave New Deal for Communities, has been initiated to bring prosperity back to the area. There is a spirit of optimism again, with improvements to houses and green spaces locally. New shops have opened recently to serve the needs of different ethnic communities. It is once again a friendly and welcoming place to live in bustling with life.