Housing, Dec/Jan 2001, p.22-23
Reports UK government plans for the regeneration of deprived communities through economic development. A proposed Community Tax Investment Credit would reward private investment in poor areas, while a new Community Development Venture Fund would provide financial support for new businesses.
Axis, Dec 2000/Jan 2001, p.28-29
Presents a case study of the work of the Aven Quest Community Regeneration Trust.
Guardian, Jan 12th 2001, p.18
The Labour government wishes to encourage active citizenship and voluntary action to revitalise communities. This is at odds with its heavy emphasis on evidence-based policy, central control and national standards.
Social Exclusion Unit
Proposes as the main engine for reform 88 local strategic partnerships established by local authorities. The partnerships, working through consensus, will agree a local renewal strategy. They may also appoint a neighbourhood manager to run devolved services and budgets in deprived areas. A new Neighbourhood Renewal Unit will be set up to develop the government's strategy centrally. An £800m neighbourhood renewal fund will be available to improve core services. A sum of £50m will be available over three years for grants to local groups. A community empowerment fund, worth at least £35m, will help community and voluntary sector organisations engaged in neighbourhood renewal decision-making. There will also be £45m to fund experiments with neighbourhood managers.