Headlines: February 23rd, 1999

The Government is consulting on plans to extend the permissible powers
of social landlords so that they can play a full part in bringing new life to their communities. The aim is to allow them to participate in wider social regeneration initiatives such as the New Deal for Communities. The extension would include providing amenities for people who were not tenants.

This move is part of the strategy to tackle social exclusion and reduce the gap between the poorest neighbourhoods and the rest of the country. Following publication last year of ‘Bringing Britain Together’ the national strategy document, 18 policy action teams were set up. The New Deal for Communities, which is an important element of the strategy, has taken a step forward with the announcement of 17 partnerships to pilot the programme. 800m pounds has been allocated for New Deal projects over the next 3 years.