area-based initiative

area-based initiative

A generic term for any publicly funded (UK) initiative targeting an area of social or economic disadvantage, which aims to improve the quality of life and/or the future life chances of residents and their children.
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One example is the launch of a project by Newcastle-based fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) to persuade people to seek free or grant-aided help from Northumberland Warm Zone - which is an area-based initiative bringing advice and grant assistance to those struggling to meet their living costs.
It is also condemed the scheme's capping of payments for larger farms as ``unfair discrimination'' which conflicts with the ethos of the area-based initiative.
The prospect for area-based initiatives in the Northeast
The report's authors note there are "several areas where other countries in the United Kingdom could learn from the experience of Wales, especially around its efforts to make the experience of poverty less damaging to children, the focus on area-based initiatives in deprived communities as a key means of delivering its objectives to tackle poverty, and the active role local public services are expected to take in reducing child poverty."
Coun Hardeman said: "The hub will have direct links with area-based initiatives SRB6 and Aston Pride and the local Access to Employment groups.
(1999) Area-Based Initiatives: The Rationale and Options for Area Targeting, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, CASE Paper 25, London, London School of Economics.
Equally, there is substantial evidence suggesting that stronger policy co-ordination, especially concerning planning and delivery, is urgently required in the English regions--the most powerful evidence being that contained in the Regional Co-ordination Unit's reports on area-based initiatives. The first of the RCU's reports, on Cornwall, identified concerns about partnership overload, the amount of additional bureaucracy, and a lack of integration between initiatives dealing with the same problem or the same client group.
She has wide experience of area-based initiatives in Dublin, including work for the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, and the creation of a sports campus in north-west Dublin.
* First, the Government sees the need for better co-ordination of area-based initiatives.
A seminar to consider the difficulties encountered in implementing and monitoring the government's area-based initiatives, which are currently tackling regeneration and renewal in some of the country's poorest neighbourhoods.

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