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Deprivation (Norwich, North)

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps have been taken to tackle deprivation in Norwich, North. (101210)

The former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister allocated Neighbourhood Renewal Funding (NRF) totalling £3.926 million (2006-08) to the Norwich Local Strategic Partnership to help it to improve the quality of life for people in the city's most deprived neighbourhoods by tackling crime, antisocial behaviour, education, poor health inequalities, worklessness, housing and liveability issues.

The partnership has developed a Local Neighbourhood Renewal Action Plan to ensure these resources are effectively targeted at areas in greatest need. Among the initiatives proposed are the provision of intensive multi-agency support to families in crisis, and a dedicated neighbourhood management scheme for Mile Cross, aimed at changing the ways in which mainstream services are delivered to make them more responsive to the needs and priorities of deprived communities.

Norwich has also made a bid for funding under the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative (LEGI) which is primarily aimed at increasing entrepreneurial activity in deprived areas. An announcement confirming the names of the successful bidding authorities is expected shortly.