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FUNDS FAIL ETHNIC MINORITIES

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The single regeneration budget and the challenge fund have failed to help black and ethnic minorities and in many w...
The single regeneration budget and the challenge fund have failed to help black and ethnic minorities and in many ways sidelined them further, according to new research.

A Local Government Information Unit review of the fund says the first three rounds of the challenge fund supported only four ethnic minority-led bids out of 555 successful partnerships. Only£4 million was allocated to them out of a£3 billion pool.

The findings show black and ethnic minority groups do not have the resources to participate effectively in the challenge fund and are liable to be 'steamrollered' by larger partners.

The report calls on the government to ring-fence funding for black and ethnic minority groups, make more resources available to disadvantaged groups and monitor the process.

Centre for Social Inclusion director David Simmonds said problems with the funds were well known, but there were best practice examples the government could use as models.
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