NDC - A New Deal For Burngreave

 

Issue 27 - December 2002

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Rose Ardron
(Chair, BNDfC Partnership Board)

The contents of this page are prepared by the New Deal executive team.

Local control is a welcome boost

A really significant development over the last few weeks has been the news that the Government Office has delegated financial decision-making on expenditure of up to £250,000 to the Partnership Board.

Until now, projects approved by the Partnership Board had to be rubber stamped by the Government Office. This inevitably led to delays, but the award of ‘delegated powers’ means that decisions made by the Board can now be implemented much more quickly – giving more local control over the way in which the £52 million grant will be spent in the area over the next eight years.

The Government Office’s decision is a real vote of confidence in the work of the Partnership Board, the New Deal team and the many individuals and organisations in the area who have demonstrated clearly that New Deal can be a success in Burngreave. We can now speed up the decision-making process for funding, so that money can be released quickly to support the many excellent local regeneration projects which are currently being developed.
The Government Office decision also means we can now start building on this by establishing New Deal as an independent body that can employ its staff and manage its own resources. The New Deal constitution will be based around the key principles of community ownership of New Deal through open democratic elections; the management of resources to support and grow organisations in the community; and a commitment to the community deciding on what happens to New Deal resources as the funding comes to an end in eight years time.

This means that local involvement will be even more important than ever – and the next round of New Deal elections in March next year provide a real opportunity for more people to take an active part in the future of the area. Ten community representatives will be elected and nomination forms will be out in early January, so start thinking now about who you’d like to see representing you on the new Partnership Board.

Rose Ardron (Chair, BNDfC Partnership Board)

John Vincent

On Board

A warm welcome to John Vincent who has joined the BNDfC Partnership Board as the representative for Spital Hill.

Get your
name down!

The electoral register for the BNDfC elections for community representatives next March is open now. If you’re already registered to vote in local and national elections, you will automatically be on the BNDfC electoral register. If you’re not – maybe because you’re aged 15–17, or you’ve moved into the area since September this year, or because you’re still waiting for a Home Office decision on your residency situation – you need to call in at 12–14 Burngreave Road to make sure you get your name on the list.

All information supplied for the electoral register will be treated as confidential.