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The Targeting Social Need (TSN) initiative was first launched in February 1991 by Peter Brooke, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. TSN was a Conservative Party policy initiative designed to tackle significant differences in the socio-economic profiles of the Catholic and Protestant communities. The Labour government, which came to power in May 1997, decided to strengthen the policy and relaunch it as NewTSN. The Labour government issued a white paper entitled 'Partnership for Equality' in March 1998 which set out its objectives for NewTSN. NewTSN was also identified in the Good Friday Agreement as one of the Government's socio-economic commitments. The NewTSN programme was formally launched on 28 July 1998 by Marjorie (Mo) Mowlam, then Secretary of State.


Some items related to the topic of Targeting Social Need (TSN):

Northern Ireland Office (NIO). (2002) NewTSN Annual Report 2002, Including Action Plan April 2002 to March 2004, [PDF File; 233KB]. Belfast: Northern Ireland Office (NIO).

Northern Ireland Office (NIO). (2001) NewTSN Annual Report 2001, Including Action Plan April 2001 to March 2003, [PDF File; 117KB]. Belfast: Northern Ireland Office (NIO).

Central Community Relations Unit (CCRU). (1999) Vision Into Practice: The first New TSN Annual Report 1999, (November 1999), [CCRU web site]. Belfast: Central Community Relations Unit (CCRU).

Central Community Relations Unit (CCRU). (1998) NewTSN: An Agenda for Targeting Social Need and Promoting Social Inclusion in Northern Ireland, [CCRU web site]. Belfast: The Stationery Office Northern Ireland.

Great Britain. Northern Ireland Office. The Agreement: Text of the Agreement reached in the Multi-Party Negotiations on Northern Ireland, (10 April 1998), (Cmnd. 3883), [Good Friday Agreement / Belfast Agreement]. Belfast: HMSO.

Great Britain. Parliament. (1998) Partnership for Equality: The Government's proposals for future legislation and policies on Employment Equality in Northern Ireland, (Cm 3890), (White Paper), (March 1998), [CCRU web site]. London: The Stationery Office Limited.

See Also:

Borooah, V.K. (2000) 'Targeting Social Need: Why are Deprivation Levels in Northern Ireland Higher for Catholics than for Protestants'?. Journal of Social Policy, 29, (2): 281-301.

Democratic Dialogue (DD). (1995) Social Exclusion, Social Inclusion, Democratic Dialogue, Report No.2. Belfast: Democratic Dialogue.

Northern Ireland Executive (NIE). (2000) Draft Programme for Government, (Published 25 October 2000). Belfast: Northern Ireland Executive (NIE)

Project Team. (1977) Belfast: Areas of Special Social Need: Report by Project Team 1976. Belfast: HMSO.


Web Sites

The New Targeting Social Need (New TSN) Unit, within The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, has a web site at:

The BBC web site A State Apart has a section on:
Targeting Social Need and Promoting Social Inclusion


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