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Below are all the Whats New articles for year 2008.

Government response to Prosperous Places: Taking forward the Review of Sub-National Economic Development and Regeneration
This document sets out how the Government will take forward the reforms proposed in the Review of Sub-National Economic Development and Regeneration, following public consultation. The review considered how to strengthen economic performance in England's regions, cities and localities, as well as how to tackle persistent pockets of deprivation.
Housing and Planning Delivery Grant Final Allocations 2008-09
This spreadsheet sets out the final allocations for each local authority from the Housing and Planning Delivery Grant for 2008-09. The grant provides additional direct funding for councils to ensure that new homes are built where families need them.

In total SIGOMA Authority Members have recieved £12,063,249 from this funding.

A breakdown of individual amounts is available if required
The Working Neighbourhoods Fund 2009-11: Revising the third criterion - Consultation
This consultation seeks views on the Government's proposal for revising the third criterion used to determine eligibility for the Working Neighbourhoods Fund. This criterion is based on employment and benefit rates. should you have any comments on this consultation document - please forward them to the SIGOMA office before 05/01/09. Thanks
Transforming Places, Changing Lives: A Framework for Regeneration
A new briefing is available in the circulars and briefings sections.
The briefing covers the proposals made by Government in the recently released consultation on the regeneration framework.

The closing date for the consultation is 31st October 2008.
SIGOMA Executive Committee August 21st 2008
The venue for this meeting will be the Town Hall, Barnsley
Government outlines new ways to lift children out of poverty and increase social mobility
A package of new initiatives to help families and end child poverty as part of a renewed drive to increase social mobility will be announced by Children's Secretary Ed Balls, Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Yvette Cooper today.
Health Inequalities: Progress and next steps
This document outlines the Government’s approach to hit the 2010 health inequalities Public Service Agreement targets, assessing what has and has not worked, and setting the direction of travel beyond 2010.

The partial equality impact assessment sets out some of the current health inequalities and potential interventions to reduce and eliminate these inequalities.
SIGOMA Profile Update - Local Authority Information
This document provides individual local authority information to support the main document. This document can be accessed via in the policy circulars (circulars and briefings section) of the website.
£81M TO PREPARE TEACHERS FOR THE 14-19 OVERHAUL
Schools Minister Jim Knight has today announced £81 million of additional funding to prepare teachers to deliver the new Diploma.
Fear of Crime or Anxiety about a Rapid Changing Society?
Research, funded by the Economic & Social Research Council, shows that our everyday concerns about crime in England and Wales are much less frequent than previously thought. For people who live in high crime areas, the fear of crime tends to be an everyday experience that reduces their quality of life. Yet for those people who live more protected lives, the fear of crime tends to be a more diffuse feeling that reflects a broader expression of concerns about social change.

Harman announces taskforce to increase black asian and minority ethnic women councillors
Harriet Harman, Minister for Women and Equality, today launched a new taskforce to help more black, Asian and minority ethnic women to become councillors, and so make councils more representative of the community.

Joint Meeting of SIGOMA Executive Group and Executive MPs Group
This meeting has been arranged for Monday 9 June 2008, Committee Rm 13 at the House. Please note that this meeting will replace the previously arranged Executive Group of 12 June 2008
SIGOMA Profile Update
SIGOMAs latest regional disparities report was published in May 2008. It highlights the consistent inequalities gap that remain between SIGOMA and the national average.

The report can be accessed by clicking the above link.
Strengthening support for home owners in current market conditions
A new £10 million package of measures to support home owners who may be facing difficulties with their mortgage, is announced today by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling and Housing Minister Caroline Flint.
Full Committee Papers for 7th March 2008 - AVAILABLE NOW
Papers for the full SIGOMA meeting to be held in the Mortimor Suite at Hull City Hall are available for officers through the committees section of the site.

Please note you will require a login and password.
SIGOMA Meeting Dates
New and updated meetings have been added. Please check the committee and MPs pages.

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