New Targeting Social Need (TSN) is an overarching government policy with the aim of tackling social need and social exclusion. It is intended as a long-term programme to mitigate the problems arising from social need, focusing particularly on issues of unemployment and ways to increase employability; on inequality in fields such as health, education and housing; and on factors that contribute to social exclusion which need a cross-departmental approach.
New TSN is not a spending programme, but a theme which runs through spending programmes and which requires resources to be redirected within such programmes towards areas shown objectively to be in greatest need. Following a decision by the DCAL in 2003 to consolidate the TSN policies of the agencies, NDPBs and Statutory Bodies that it currently supports, the Armagh Observatory and Armagh Planetarium policies on New Targeting Social Need have been incorporated into an overarching DCAL policy. For convenience we have continued to make the Armagh Observatory's New TSN policy available on the internet and in hard copy on request. The New TSN Policy for 2005, which was most recently reviewed in January 2005, is available on the internet at http://star.arm.ac.uk/TSN.html and is appended to this Annual Report as Appendix G.