Policy Statements and Initiatives
CLG: A new fund to help support much loved seaside towns create new jobs & prosperity has been launched recently by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Chief Secretary Danny Alexander.
CLG: Housing Minister Grant Shapps recently announced a new £20m safety net to help ensure that mortgage repossession remains the last resort for struggling homeowners. This Preventing Repossessions Fund gives councils the opportunity to offer small interest free loans to struggling homeowners and ensure that court desks can offer on the day advice for those facing the prospect of repossession.
ScotGov: A campaign to promote the benefits of children participating in 60 minutes of exercise each day has been launched recently. Featuring TV, press, online & radio adverts and a dedicated website, the Take Life On initiative highlights simple steps parents can take to help their children get active and achieve health benefits as a result.
DWP: The Deputy PM is calling on businesses to sign up to the government’s flagship £1bn Youth Contract so that they are ready to offer the jobs to young people in April 2012. Thousands of companies have received a letter from the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Minister for Employment Chris Grayling, calling on them to play their part in getting young people earning or learning.
CLG: A new £1m fund to give local communities the tools they need to tackle binge & underage drinking was announced last week by the Government's Champion for Active Safer Communities, Baroness Newlove.
The announcement of the new fund comes on the day Baroness Newlove published her latest report 'Building Safe, Active Communities: Strong foundations by local people'. The new report examines progress on the 12 challenges to action Baroness Newlove put to Government last year. It outlines how Departments are responding to these challenges and her thoughts on progress and what more she feels can be done.
In her interim report to Government published in July 2011, Baroness Newlove identified tackling problem drinking as her most urgent priority and she will continue to sharply focus on this in the months ahead. This new fund will give 10 successful communities - based on models of grass roots projects already delivering for their neighbourhoods - the resources to really get to grips with problem drinking and deal with it, head on.
CLG: The £420m Get Britain Building fund is a key tenet of the Housing Strategy. Launched just 2 months ago, the fund has seen a total of 176 expressions of interest - meaning the programme is now 3 times oversubscribed.