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NEW DEAL FOR REGEN.NET

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A new forum for the New Deal for Communities partnerships to share ...
A new forum for the New Deal for Communities partnerships to share

their knowledge has been launched on Regen.net, the DETR-funded

regeneration website.

The site will offer partnerships set up under the New Deal for

Communities (NDC), a programme worth£800m over three years to

help turn round the poorest neighbourhoods, the chance to network and

exchange ideas.

More than 600 regeneration experts meeting in Brighton last week for

the first National Regeneration Convention test drove

the site, which can be found on-line at http://www.regen.net.

Regions and regeneration minister Richard Caborn, who gave the

convention's keynote speech, said the new website and face-to-face

events like the conference were vital tools for communities to share

information and expertise.

Mr Caborn said: 'Over the coming weeks, Regen.net will focus on the

New Deal for Communities. Key to its success will be putting

partnerships, local people, and service providers in touch with each

other to exchange information, advice and experience.

'The new facility will allow the New Deal for Communities Pathfinder

partnerships, to network, share problems, and exchange new and

innovative ideas. This will help players, right across the

regeneration arena, to learn more about the programme and contribute

to it.'

Alongside the current material, Regen.net will provide articles,

guidance and lists of key contacts to raise awareness of this new

development in regeneration. The website also offers access to all

the NDC guidance currently available. This includes Phase 1

Proposals: Guidance for Pathfinder applicants (September 1998),

Developing Delivery Plans (February 1999) and Extended Phase 1 and

Phase 2 Financial Guidance and Grant Mechanics (February 1999).

Also available are a list of contacts in all the Pathfinder

partnerships and Government Office contacts responsible for the NDC

partnerships in their regions.

NOTES

Regen.net was launched by Mr Caborn at the DETR on 10 February 1999. The new forum is jointly endorsed by Mr Caborn and housing minister Hilary Armstrong, the DETR minister taking forward the government's work on social exclusion. It is a free one-stop shop website providing the latest information on regeneration activities. The website service

has been developed by the Planning Exchange, a regeneration

information service, with funding from the DETR.

The New Deal for Communities takes forward the government's

commitment to tackle social exclusion and the gap between the poorest

neighbourhoods and the rest of the country. Seventeen 'pathfinder'

partnerships have received support to work up their own regeneration

proposals.

For further information on the Regen.net site contact: Tony Burton,

Director, or Christine Johnstone, Information Services Manager, The

Planning Exchange, Tontine House, 8 Gorden Street, Glasgow G1 3PL,

Tel: 0141 248 9441, Fax: 0141 248 9433.

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