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Community Development: Clarion Call For 'Community Pioneers'

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The Government issued a clarion call yesterday for community pioneers to step forward to lead the and .

Local Government areas, estates, team areas, (CDRPs) and (CSPs) can apply to become 'Neighbourhood Agreement Pathfinders.'

The Pathfinders will require police, councils and other agencies to agree service standards with local residents - and enable the residents to hold them to account.

Rolling out Neighbourhood Agreements builds on the experience of the Department for Communities and Local Government in developing across a wide range of services in England (for example on local environmental issues - such as litter, graffiti, fly-tipping and street lighting - and promoting healthy living) and core national standards such as the .

Selected Pathfinders will be supported by experienced Delivery Managers and assisted with local communications and publication. 

The Agreements will allow residents to have a say in how local issues are tackled, build better relationships with local service providers, better understand what services they are entitled to and how the services can be improved.

Policing and Crime Minister David Hanson MP said:

"We want the public, wherever they live, to be confident their local police and council are tackling the crime and anti social behaviour issues that matter in their area.  That is why the only target we now set for police is to improve public confidence.

"Neighbourhood Agreements will be a key part of how the police and other local agencies can work with communities to meet this aim.

"This pathfinder scheme is a great opportunity for people to make their neighbourhoods better places to live and to play a key role in shaping policing in England and Wales."

The scheme will be piloted in ten pathfinder areas - applications close on 29 January - and rolled out elsewhere thereafter.  More information on applying and becoming a pathfinder can be obtained from the .

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