There are fears a neighbourhood management centre in the Bristol city could close in the next five years if funding is withdrawn. The Easton and Lawrence Hill Management Centre is resident-led and looks to change the areas to the immediate east of the city centre for the better. For the last 10 years it has acted as a support centre for people that live in the area who need help with things like debt advice, bailiff intervention and housing enquiries. Read more
Police in Liverpool have claimed that the introduction of a neighbourhood agreement in 2008 has made a “genuine” difference to the Westminster estate in the north of the city. Since the agreement residents have taken ownership of anti-social behaviour which has resulted in fewer crimes and reports of anti-social behaviour. Read more
Liverpool City Council has renegotiated its Liverpool Direct joint venture with BT to include cash for social housing and community projects. The massive joint venture, amongst the largest public-private company in the country with 1,300 staff, was formed in 2001 and runs the council’s ICT service, call centre, information centres, together with handling human resources, payroll, revenues, benefits and social care call centre.
Community groups in Maidenhead are set to benefit from £181,204 of performance reward grant. Cllr Christine Bateson – cabinet member for planning and partnerships, said: “I would urge local organisations planning community projects with a specific Big Society focus to consider applying for funds through this grants process.” Read more
CLG has released the list of areas applying for grants of up to 20,000 to prepare a neighbourhood level plan with the local community. Read more