Top down meets bottom up: Neighbourhood Management

Marilyn Taylor

Critical to emerging policies on tackling social exclusion is ‘Neighbourhood Management’, with a manager and a management board at neighbourhood level to identify local needs and work with local agencies to ensure more ‘joined up’ service planning and delivery.

This report reviews the case for working in this new way and draws on past experience and learning to identify the growth points for the future.

It is based on a review of recent research and a series of interviews with local authorities and other agencies which are involved in developing joined up action at neighbourhood level:

  • Part 1 reviews the key lessons from the past and the challenges that have to be faced.
  • Part 2 describes the different approaches currently being taken and the issues that they raise.
  • Part 3 identifies the implications for the future design and implementation of Neighbourhood Management strategies – for government at all levels, for other agencies and for local communities.