Abstracts: April 11th, 2005

This report published by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister looks at change and successes against the aims set out in the national Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy, and also sets out ideas for taking forward the next phase of action. The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy launched in 2001 contributes to the objective that within 10-20 years no one should be disadvantaged by where they live.The strategy aims to close the gap between the disadvantaged areas and the rest.The report shows progress in closing the disadvantaged areas gap. Key improvements include raising the average pass rate for five good GCSEs, increasing employment, reducing teenage pregnancy, burglary, robbery and vehicle crime. The improvements have been achieved in a number of ways including directly empowering local communities to identify and prioritise the problems of their areas and helping them to work with service delivers to provide solutions. Other measures include working with Whitehall departments to help them focus their attention more closely on tackling the problems of disadvantaged areas, and supporting Local Strategic Partnerships in identifying and prioritising the problems in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

Published by the ODPM the report is available at: http://www.neighbourhood.gov.uk/document.asp?id=1193