OCT 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
£10m To Improve Coventry's Deprived Areas
has been given £10 million to help bring deprived neighbourhoods
back to life.
cash, which will spread over three years, will be used to tackle a
range of problems within communities.
government is leaving it up to individual areas to target the cash
most effectively. Nationally £800m has been made available.
qualified for the money because it was calculated to have 87,000
people living in the ten per cent most deprived wards in the
city will receive £1,322,000 next year followed by £3.9m and
£5.2m in subsequent years.
Tom White, cabinet member (Community Wellbeing) said there was
still a lot to be worked out on how the funding will work in
practice, but praised the announcement.
Government recognises that Coventry is at the forefront of
partnership working which will play a key role in implementing
the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund in the city.
is good news and will bring about a range of benefits which will
improve life chances for those local people who need it most.”
White said neighbourhood groups would be included in discussions
about what to do with the money and where the priorities would
areas are recognised as being the most in need in city: Wood End,
Foleshill, Hillfields, Canley/Tile Hill, Willenhall/Stoke
Aldermoor and Radford/Spon End. There are also other pockets of
the city with problems.
White said a mechanism was already in place for picking the areas
to benefit, and it was possible that all the efforts would be
concentrated in section of the city.
End and Henley have got the New Deal for Communities money and
Foleshill has had SRB money, so it could be argued that one of
the other areas should get the help this time.
will be vigorous debate about it involving the council and other
bodies, and as with the New Deal For Communites money,
neighbourhood communities will be involved."
the fund, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, spelled out what it
was to achieve. He said:
fund will help our most deprived communities in these areas
tackle their main concerns, creating stronger, more inclusive
communities for everyone. This is vital if we are to
successfully improve the quality of life in this country.
fund will provide extra, non ring-fenced money to help local
authorities in the most deprived areas spend more on teachers,
police officers, crime prevention programmes, social services or
any other services which deliver real improvements for the
of the Exchequer Gordon Brown said the aim was to help the
worst-off areas meet targets to counter social problems such as
crime, low achievement at education and crime.
much previous spending has been directed to dealing with the
consequences of economic and social failure, it is time now to
invest in tackling the causes of failure - and these are poor
school results, poorer standards of public health, and low
levels of economic activity.
in a major shift in funding, we are setting tough new standards
that the poorest areas must meet to receive the money we have
performance must be raised so that we increase in each area
pupils obtaining GCSEs at A-C and we must also increase
employment rates, improve health outcomes and reduce burglaries
by 25 percent with no local authority having more than three
times the national average by 2005."