Funding boost given to projects helping councils deliver more for less

The Delivering Differently in Neighbourhoods funding pot is set to help 24 projects who have been awarded a share of £2m, the Communities Minister announced this week. Our feature writer, Suzanne Danon, tells us more about the projects and the funding.

All of the projects help councils deliver more for less by working with local communities and neighbourhood groups to redesign services to address their needs.

The 24 successful groups have set out innovative approaches to transform services, drawing on “the energy and expertise of local people”. This will, according to Communities Minister Stephen Williams, help to reduce reliance on public services and cut waste.

“The councils behind these projects are outlining plans to cleverly use resources and provide services that make a real difference to people’s lives”, said Mr Williams

“Empowering local people to have a greater role in local services will not only 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 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

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