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20 AREAS NAMED FOR NEXT ROUND OF CRIME FIGHTING

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The government has earmarked 20 council areas for the next wave of projects under the Safer Cities programme, housi...
The government has earmarked 20 council areas for the next wave of projects under the Safer Cities programme, housing minister Sir George Young announced last week.

They are Bolton MBC, Bournemouth BC, Brighton BC, Camden LBC, Easington DC, Great Grimsby BC, Hackney LBC, Kensington and Chelsea LBC, Lincoln City Council, Liverpool City Council, Newham LBC, Norwich City Council, Oxford City Council, Portsmouth City Council, Sandwell MBC, Scunthorpe BC, Southwark LBC, Wansbeck DC, Westminster City Council and York City Council.

'Each of these areas has above average rates of recorded crime and significant evidence of deprivation,' Sir George told the House of Commons.

The projects involve joint work between the councils, police and probation services. If all three in each area confirm their willingness to take part, the DoE will seek tenders for management of the projects.

The DoE will meet the running costs and provide grants of up to £100,000 a year for three years in each area to support local crime prevention and community safety initiatives.

The funding is an existing commitment under the single regeneration budget. Nine projects are already being established in nine areas.

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