Headlines: August 18th, 2003

Core services in many deprived neighbourhoods are compromised by a failure of partners to work with each other, with local people and with organisations from other sectors. Neighbourhood management is seen as an effective response to this failure to join up. Applications for the second round of the Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder Programme will have to offer a cohesive response to local issues, set out lines of accountability to a local partnership and be focused on driving improvements to local services.The aim of the Programme is to narrow the gap between target neighbourhoods and the rest of the country in the key floor target areas of health, employment, crime, education, housing and environment.

Projects selected for the Programme will be managed by community based partnerships, involving local agencies and residents. The partnership board need not be entirely new and it might be a suitable body already active in and on behalf of a neighbourhood. But local residents must play a central role in the development of the partnership and the development and delivery of its strategy from the outset.

Partnerships should include representatives of the key agencies and service providers for the area such as the Police, Housing and Environmental Services, NHS, Learning & Skills Councils, Jobcentre Plus, youth services, educational services, probation and social services. Agency representatives should be empowered to enter into agreements with other partnership members and deliver their full co-operation.

The deadline for initial expression of interest in taking part in the Programme is 19 September 2003.

Link: http://www.neighbourhood.gov.uk/formatteddoc.asp?id=509