Funding boost for councils putting communities back in control

Projects which help councils deliver more for less by working with local communities and neighbourhood groups awarded share of £2 million.

Projects which help councils deliver more for less by working with local communities and neighborhood groups to redesign services to address their needs have today been awarded a share of £2 million to develop them further.

Communities Minister Stephen Williams announced 24 successful bidders for Delivering Differently in Neighbourhoods funding after they set out innovative approaches to transform services, drawing on the energy and expertise of local people to help to reduce reliance on public services and cut waste - giving local people a greater role in solving problems in their local area by themselves.

The successful bids include:

  • reducing loneliness and making lives better for older people in Croydon by redesigning the meals on wheels service
  • helping support the needs of vulnerable people in rural Herefordshire by developing a number of local Wellbeing Hubs with local GPs
  • working with survivors of domestic violence to help support current users in North Somerset
  • ensuring older adults can stay in their own homes for longer in Leeds through care delivery in partnership with the voluntary sector
  • improving public health in Buckinghamshire through using the expertise of residents to create neighbourhood-led physical activity programmes

Communities Minister Stephen Williams said:

The councils behind these projects are outlining plans to cleverly use resources and provide services that make a real difference to people’s lives.

Empowering local people to have a greater role in local services will not only help eliminate needless duplication and cut waste but it will ensure better services are delivered to people how they want them – at a local neighbourhood level.

The government will work with all 24 authorities to understand the impact of these new approaches, their costs and benefits and to share effective models for service delivery at neighbourhood level.

Delivering Differently in Neighbourhoods will complement the government’s Our Place programme, which is working with neighbourhood groups seeking to redesign services in their area.

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