to help improve community safety and combat deprivation, thanks to a
£7.5m government cash boost.
The schemes will recruit 270 wardens to deal with anti-social
as reporting broken street lights and pavements and supporting
vulnerable residents and victims of crime.
The projects are the first successful bids for a share of£13.5m of government money allocated to support and develop
neighbourhood wardens schemes.
Regeneration minister Hilary Armstrong said:
'Neighbourhood wardens will give people living in these communities
someone they know they can go to with their complaints, concerns or
even suggestions for what they think their area needs. I am confident
neighbourhood wardens will go some way to tackling deprivation and
anti-social behaviour at a grass roots level, and will help provide
the better, safer environments that are so important to creating
strong neighbourhoods. This will play an important role in the
government's drive to improve the quality of life around the
Home office minister Charles Clarke said:
'Neighbourhood warden schemes can make a real difference to the
quality of life in our communities, playing a key part in tackling
crime and the fear of crime. The awards announced today demonstrate
a range of imaginative approaches to improving safety and security.
'Dealing effectively with crime and disorder requires partnership
between all sections of the community and wardens are an excellent
example of this joint working in practice. Neighbourhood wardens are
not a substitute for police officers, they are a valuable complement
to them. They can improve communication between the police,
residents and the local authority and mediate in minor incidents of
'Today's awards mark the start of a much bigger roll-out of funding
over this year and next, benefiting communities across the country.'
The first wave of schemes will be operational by December 2000.
1. See LGCnet for a full listof successful schemes.
2. The£13.5m for neighbourhood wardens schemes was announced
on 13 March 2000. New and existing neighbourhood warden schemes in deprived areas were invited to apply for funding.
3. This allocation is the first to be made from the£13.5m
total. Further bids are being considered and will be rolled out
later this year and next.
4. The development of neighbourhood warden schemes was recommended by
the Policy Action Team 6 - one of 18 Policy Action Teams set up by
the Social Exclusion Unit as part of its work on neighbourhood
renewal. The report is available on the home office
website. It defines a neighbourhood warden as is 'a
person who provides an official or semi-official presence in a
residential area,whose primary aim is to improve the quality of
life, and who is appointed and managed by a properly established
5. Wardens in some schemes assume a community support role and
perform regular visits to elderly or vulnerable residents to build
trusting relationships and help with basic tasks such as grocery
shopping or liaison with social services. Other schemes concentrate
on environmental factors such as basic repair work. Further schemes
organise community foot patrols to provide a visible semi-official
presence which reassures local residents and helps reduce their fear
6. The work of the policy action teams informed the government's
National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal, published by the Social
Exclusion Unit in September 2000