New Deal for Communities has brought significant improvements to deprived neighbourhoods in West Midlands

A new report  published by Communities and Local Government, A New Deal for Communities Experience: A final assessment (pdf, 779kb), highlights how government investment has had a positive impact on the six New Deal for Communities (NDC) areas in the West Midlands.

The £2 billion flagship regeneration programme between 2001 and 2008 helped:

  • Reduce the proportion of working age residents in Walsall NDC area with no qualifications by 17 percentage points
  • Raised the satisfaction with housing to 91% in 2008
  • Reduced the proportion of residents in the Aston NDC area feeling unsafe in the dark from 20% to 17% in 2008
  • 81% of residents in Kings Norton NDC area feel they had good access to a doctor in 2008
  • 69% of residents in the Sandwell NDC area felt the NDC had improved their area

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Recognising regeneration excellence in the West Midlands

RegenWM Prizes 2008 logoThe RegenWM Prizes 2008 showcase good practice and recognise excellence in regeneration projects in the West Midlands across a range of categories:

  • Creating outstanding places
  • Successful community engagement
  • Best regeneration team
  • Most transferable good practice
  • Environment and people
  • Good practice in equality and diversity

RegenWM provide a range of case studies on regeneration excellence from across the region, including the Prizes 2008 Winners:

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Heart of enterprise: West Midlands feature in the Guardian

guardian200812031Wednesday’s Guardian newspaper included a special supplement to the Society Guardian all about the West Midlands, Heart of enterprise. If you missed it, all of the articles are available online.

The supplement includes commentary by Ian Austin MP, who re-iterated points made during his inaugural speech as Regional Minister for the West Midlands at the Observatory’s annual conference back in October 2008.

There are also articles looking at how the region is being affected by the current economic situation and what steps are being taken to address the current challenges. Regeneration schemes in the Black Country, Birmingham and North Staffordshire are featured.

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Public art think tank seek board members

ixia, the public art think tank, is looking to develop its board of directors/trustees to support its work.

ixia is a charity which aims to provide an independent and objective view of the factors that affect the quality of artists’ work in the public realm. They do this by undertaking research, enabling debate and effecting change at a strategic level.

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