In June 2003, Government launched “People and Place – A strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal”. This long term (7 – 10 year) strategy targets those communities throughout Northern Ireland suffering the highest levels of deprivation. Neighbourhood Renewal is a cross government strategy and aims to bring together the work of all Government Departments in partnership with local people to tackle disadvantage and deprivation in all aspects of everyday life.
Neighbourhoods in the most deprived 10% of wards across Northern Ireland were identified using the Noble Multiple Deprivation Measure. Following extensive consultation, this resulted in a total of 36 areas, and a population of approximately 280,000 (one person in 6 in Northern Ireland), being targeted for intervention. The areas include:
- 15 in Belfast,
- 6 in the North West (including 4 in the city of Londonderry) and
- 15 in other towns and cities across Northern Ireland.
Neighbourhood Partnerships have been established in each Neighbourhood Renewal Area as a vehicle for local planning and implementation. Each Neighbourhood Partnership should include representatives of key political, statutory, voluntary, community and private sector stakeholders. Together, they have developed long term visions and action plans designed to improve the quality of life for those living in the area.
When the strategy was launched a number of commitments were made. One of these was that a mid-term review of the Strategy would be carried out. The review was to consider the overall impact of the Strategy for those who reside in the Neighbourhood Renewal Areas and determine the extent to which those intended to benefit from the strategy have done so.
Mid-Term Review Report - February 2011
The mid-term review reports progress in relation to each of the four strategic objectives underpinning the Strategy, these are: Community Renewal, Economic Renewal, Social Renewal and Physical Renewal.
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