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Fifty communities in England and Wales are to get dedicated wardens ...
Fifty communities in England and Wales are to get dedicated wardens

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

behaviour, vandalism, community safety and racial harassment, as well

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

anti-social behaviour.

'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

of crime.

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

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