Partnership schemes to tackle alcohol-related problems in local areas could receive a boost with news of a new £1m Government funding package. Local partnerships, involving pub and bar operators, police, council officials and others, would be able to bid for the funding and it’s understood that 10 schemes could share the money. The money would fund schemes along the lines of the high-profile Newquay Safe Partnership, which sees pub and bar operators work closely with police, council officials and others to reduce underage and problem drinking by measures such as prosecuting adults for buying alcohol on behalf of children. Anti-social behaviour in the Cornish resort reportedly fell almost 30 percentage points since the scheme was launched in 2009. The funding scheme is headed by Baroness Newlove, who was appointed as the Government’s “champion for active safer communities” and was charged with examining successful community initiatives and making recommendations. Newlove said: “There are many people in communities across the country - backed by local authorities, the police, health workers and the retail trade - who have found innovative ways to combat [alcohol-related problems] and this fund will help the police, health workers, businesses and, crucially, local people to come together and tackle problem drinking head on and inspire other communities to act.”