Social Inclusion Partnerships – Factsheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
(updated to 22/8/2002 from notes originally contributed to seminar, Glasgow University, Department of Urban Studies, November 1998)
- Programme Name . . . Social Inclusion Partnerships
- National coverage . . . Scotland – no direct equivalent elsewhere. In funding terms SIPs are in the direct line of succession from the old Urban Programme, so comparable to part of the Single Regeneration Budget in England and Wales; in scale they are often more like English ‘New deal for Communities’ projects
- Government Department responsible. . . . Scottish Executive (Development Department, Area Regeneration Division)
- New or continued from previous government?. . . . New, but the majority of funding is likely to be represented by the existing Priority Partnership Areas and Regeneration Programmes, which are expected to `evolve into’ SIPs, without any revision of boundaries being allowed
- Duration . . . Operational April 1999. SIPs `evolved’ from existing programmes will run for duration of existing designation (remaining balance of 10 years, for PPAs; or 5 years for Regeneration Programmes). New SIPs: three years funding announced, don’t know yet if longer will be possible. Stated aim was `long term commitment’
- Budget . . Originally: £48m over three years (£16m in 1999/2000) for the new (not `evolved’) SIPs, available because of run down of historic Urban Programme outwith current designated areas. 3 larger area based SIPs will be similar to the existing PPAs so might get an average of ???£2-3M Urban Programme per year; 23 other new smaller area SIPs and ‘excluded group’ SIPs will get from £115-920k per year. ………… Currently: (SIP Fund allocation 2002-03):
Budget of SIPNumber of SIPS LT £400K12 £400K-LT£1m17 £1m-£2m8 GT £2m11 TOTAL48
- Source of money . . . Urban Programme, renamed Social Inclusion Partnership Fund from 1 April 1999
- Geographical coverage . . . Targeted on disadvantage, using new Glasgow University index, but apparently no absolute specified limits. Significant amounts of former `Urban Programme’ money are now to be spent in rural areas without increase in budget.
- Geographical focus . . . Either disadvantaged areas of 5-30,000 population or issue/ client group based partnerships
- Sectoral focus (e.g. housing, employment) . . . Multi-dimensional approach to regeneration, but with added focus on “preventing young people and others from becoming excluded”
- Key objectives . . . “The key characteristics of SIPs will be: · to focus on the most needy members of society · to co-ordinate and fill gaps between existing programmes to promote social inclusion · seek to prevent social exclusion happening in the first place”
- Allocated through competitive bidding? . . . Yes, but in two stages, with a limited number invited to submit full bids (see below).
- Any statement on how bids assessed? . . . With the assistance of an Advisory Group drawn from the Scottish Social Inclusion Network, who took the GU index into account
- Who could bid? . . . Mainly local authority led Partnerships or authority wide Partnerships. Some `issue based’ proposals could have come from other lead organisations; even cross boundary proposals were theoretically possible. In practice all successful bids were local authority led (except insofar as the Glasgow Alliance is now an independent organisation)
- Comments on implicit rationale . . . An attempt to unify the government’s `social exclusion’ agenda with the inherited urban regeneration area based strategies and funding arrangements
- If continued from previous govt., highlight any changes . . . Existing Partnerships are being asked for fairly small changes – e.g. clearer statements of education strategies. New designations will allow a wider range of experimental programmes to be tried.
- Any comments on lessons learned from past experience. Selection process was improved – except for the timing!
- Key references. . . . Donald Dewar: “Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum Inaugural Annual Lecture, 8 May 1998″ SURF; SURF Briefing Paper 1/98 July 1998; SO press releases
- Not to be confused with … New Deal for Communities; Child Care Partnerships; lots of other Partnerships. Definitely intended to be confused with … PPAs and Regeneration Programmes: the Govt. appears to be giving itself the flexibility over a period of years to amend the financial allocations resulting from the previous competition.
- Further comments\information . . . 50+ indications of interest were submitted by 30/9/98. Selection of invited bidders was announced mid November 1998. 46 SIPS were operational from April 1999 (plus 1 remaining former PPA area (Craigmillar) from April 2000 and 1 further Regeneration Programme (Glasgow – Smaller Areas) from late 2000). List of approved SIPS