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Community Development

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his Department's press release of 14 October 2009, on connecting communities, what practical actions will be funded under the programme. (307104)

Each area taking part in the Connecting Communities programme has drawn up individual plans which address specific challenges and practical actions for their area. These plans focus on giving people a bigger say in local issues, addressing specific local concerns and increasing access to local services and opportunities.

In Speke, in Liverpool there was concern about a lack of jobs and whether jobs were going to local people. Through the Connecting Communities programme local agencies are now working with young people and single parents in particular to link them up with opportunities under the Future Jobs Fund. Further practical actions taken forward by other areas have included forming a neighbourhood's first ever community group (Stanney, Ellesmere Port), developing neighbourhood agreements (Felling, Gateshead), setting up a Youth Action Group (New Parks, Leicester).