On the 14 February 2012, the report entitled "Building Active, Safer Communities" was published.
The reports author Baroness Newlove was appointed as the Government's Champion for Active, Safer Communities in October 2010.
The report also sets out progress on Baroness Newlove's three priorities - tackling problem drinking, turning the civil service into a 'civic' service, and finding a web 'hub' for community activists to use - and outlines a £1 million new Alcohol Fund to help local agencies, businesses and local people to come together and tackle problem drinking in partnership.
The report also provides an update on the twelve challenges to action around antisocial behaviour and alcohol that she put to Government in her first report.
View the full of the report (pdf, 2.86 mb)
Announcement from the DCLG
On the 14 May 2012 the 10 communities that led the work to tackle binge and underage drinking were announced by the Government Champion for Active Safer Communities. Newcastle was one of the successful bidders. The successful bidders shared a £1 million fund that put decision making and resources right in the hands of local people to help them eradicate the effects of alcohol abuse that blights their lives, Baroness Newlove said.
Over the life of the project these innovative grassroots projects, backed by local authorities, police and retailers, are expected to deliver real results to end the fallout of problem drinking. Other communities will hopefully be inspired to follow their lead. The projects will address separate issues that are the greatest challenges in their neighbourhoods, with measures of their success that will include:
- a reduction in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents related to alcohol consumption
- fewer A&E admissions to local hospitals or fewer ambulance call outs as a result of drinking
- the consumption of alcohol by young people reducing to safe levels; and
- a reduction in purchasing of alcohol made on behalf of under 18s ("proxy purchasing").
Response from the Trading Standards Service
In respect of the work undertaken by the Trading Standards service in respect of the Newcastle Neighbourhood Alcohol Project as supported by the Baroness Newlove fund go to our webpage Newcastle's Alcohol Strategy.
For further information contact the Trading Standards Service, Public Safety, Regulation and Development, City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.
Phone: 0191 2116121