Archives for April 7th, 2005

MAKING CONNECTIONS: AN EVALUATION OF THE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PROGRAMME

Abstracts, PublicNet: 7 April, 2005

This report, commissioned by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, sets out the findings of an independent evaluation of the Community Participation Programmes. The programmes provide funding to encourage local people to become involved in the regeneration of their neighbourhoods and help residents gain the skills and knowledge so they can play an effective role in local strategic partnerships. Grants of up to 5000 pounds are provided to local community groups.The finding show that giving groups small sums of money upfront with no strings attached has been a crucial factor in delivering results. The profile of groups has been raised locally and people have become involved in neighbourhood and borough wide activities. The training has resulted in people becoming involved in decision making for the first time. The Programmes are making valuable developments in small groups, new start-up groups and developing the whole sector.

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WELSH BUSINESS GETS FUNDING TO CUT LANDFILL WASTE

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 April, 2005

Businesses in Wales are to get funding to help them reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill sites. The Welsh Assembly Government is making 9.5 million pounds available over the next three years.Almost 7 million of the new funding will be available through the Assembly’s Materials Action Programme. The programme includes additional funding for the Waste and Resources Action Programme, finding markets for recyclable materials produced by businesses; funding for an initiative to link companies producing waste to those that can use it as valuable raw material; money to improve the understanding of how waste resources are currently managed in Wales and new cash for the Environment Agency to improve enforcement action against fly tipping.

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COUNCILS’ EFFORTS TO IMPROVE COMMUNITIES IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 April, 2005

Examples of how local authorities are improving the quality of the areas they serve will be highlighted next week at simultaneous events in London and Exeter. Projects run by six councils will be featured at the events, organised by the Improvement and Development Agency as part of the Year of Liveability Challenges.In total 27 councils – three from each of the nine English regions are taking part in the challenge after being made pilot authorities under the Liveability Fund. The case studies will be available on the Improvement and IDeA Knowledge website, which will spotlight one every fortnight.

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