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REVIEW PRAISES£2BN NDC SCHEME

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The government says crime has fallen by up to 30% in some areas as a result of its£2bn New Deal for Communities pr...
The government says crime has fallen by up to 30% in some areas as a result of its£2bn New Deal for Communities programme.

The first annual review of the scheme, published this week, cites a community-driven package of crime-fighting measures in east Manchester, which has led to a 25% fall in crime, as one of the success stories.

It points to a 40 % reduction in crime in parts of Sandwell, thanks to West Midlands Police's allocation of extra police officers from mainstream resources to NDC neighbourhoods.

The review also shows NDC partnerships are making progress in boosting employment and educational achievements, improving health, housing and the local environment, said Neighbourhood Renewal minister Lord Falconer.

He said: 'Decades of neglect mean there is a long way to go, but we will ensure they continue to receive the support they need to deliver long-lasting change.'
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