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The Caithness Partnership
Community Regeneration Fund
Devolved local decision-making involving partners and communities in local delivery arrangements (as precedent by the SIP programme) will be a key element of the CRF.
In Highland, CRF Funding has been
allocated to the Wellbeing Alliance (the recognized Community Planning
Partnership for Highland). The proscribed use of the CRF funding will be
contained in a Regeneration Outcome Agreement (ROA) between the CPP and
Communities Scotland. The ROA must to be developed in consultation with
partners, local community planning partnerships and communities and
should address some or all of the following national priorities:
The WBA Partners and Highland Council have agreed that the Council will continue to act as bank recipient for CRF and to employ a Programme Manager within the Highland Council Policy & Performance Unit.
In Caithness Pultneytown South rates as one of the SIMD 15% most deprived areas in Scotland. Wick South follows Pultneytown under the Index as one of the 20% most deprived areas in Scotland, closely followed by Wick Willowbank North, just outside the worst 20%. Further work is required to analyse and interpret information about need, use of existing resources and how CRF funding might be used to best effect. The needs assessment will be important for the local CPP (Caithness Partnership) to facilitate a shared view about needs and priorities. It has been recommended by the WBA that with reduced funding (less in CRF than there was in SIP) and a broader regeneration agenda, CRF should be focused tightly on objectives and groups. These objectives and groups will be identified as the consequence of a needs assessment.
In Caithness there is an indicative CRF annual budget of approximately £60,000 available during the period 2005 – 2008. There will also be the ability to tap into Community Voices funding to support the community engagement element of CRF delivery. Already a proportion of the 2005/6 budget has been committed to assisting the Ormlie project to withdraw from the Social Inclusion Programme, as well as some other projects including support to Community Learning and an Enable Link Project. Spending of CRF in 2006/7 and 2007/8 will be directed by the results of a community needs assessment.
A Working Group of agency staff were brought together to advise and be involved in roiling out CRF in Caithness. Three applications for funds have been made – one from Ormlie Community Association to assist with a childrens/youth project, one from Pulteneytown Peoples Project for a youth worker’s post and one from North Highland College to help provide a Retail Principles course for 15 people largely from the Pulteneytown target area. As a recognized City & Guilds qualification the course with ensure that participants are better equipped to take up employment opportunities within the proposed new retail developments at Wick. The OCA application was rejected on the grounds that, although it is an excellent project, it does not fit with the CRF target area. PPP was granted £8,000 towards the first year of their project, on the understanding that they could come back to CRF for support in years 2 & 3 if the work they were doing is identified in the needs assessment. NHC was granted £7,500 and the Retail Principles course will run from October to December 2005.
The budget remaining for 2005/6 stands at £500. However, it has been confirmed by the Wellbeing Alliance that if more good projects come forward before the start of April 2006 then other money may be made available.
Agreed Priorities were as follows:
Getting People Back Into Work