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Key topic areas covered include: Children & Young People, Communities, Environment, Fire & Rescue Services, Housing & Planning, and more…

Identifying and Working to Support Victims of Cuckooing

Using a Community Safer Grant, Stockport Homes were commissioned to undertake a 16 month pilot project to address the issue of cuckooing in the borough. Liz Smith, Head of Anti-Social Behaviour shares with us how they have supported vulnerable tenants who are victims of cuckooing.

Showcasing Local Employers to Improve Youth Employment Opportunities

The number of young people not in education, employment or training in January to March 2022 was estimated at 10.4%. We heard from Julie Young, Post-16 Advisor at Somerset County Council, about how the TalentEd Academy programmes has provided young people with opportunities to explore future careers following education.

Mental Health Support with YouthFed

YouthFed is a youth charity that supports young people between the ages of 10 and 29, helping to improve their lives. Their vision is to help create a society where all young people are able to achieve their full potential. They shared Mark's story with us.

Generating Income from Uncommercialised Land with Pop Ups

Local authorities have reported a 17% decline in spending on public services since 2010 due to funding cuts. Cornwall Council established the pop up business scheme as a new way to generate income on uncommercialised council assets. This case study explores how the pop ups have generated income for the council and provided support to the local community and businesses.

Turning Leisure Facilities into Income Streams for Local Government

In September 2020 only 56% of leisure facilities had reopened after lockdown restrictions were lifted, mainly due to their economic unviability. This case study looks at how South Kesteven District Council reopened their leisure facilities and switched management plans. This change made their leisure facilities economically viable and opened up an income stream for the council.

Supporting Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children to Adjust to Life in the UK

Local authorities are continuously working to understand how best to integrate unaccompanied asylum-seeking children into UK schools and foster homes. We heard from Sarah Coles, Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Consultant at Hampshire County Council on their recommendations for how schools and carers can best support these children.

The Role of Housing Associations in Combatting Domestic Abuse

Housing providers have a duty to safeguard at risk adults in their homes. The pandemic challenged how they safeguard people at risk of domestic abuse and trained staff to spot the signs. This case study looks at how Sovereign Housing Association adapted safeguarding services for residents throughout the pandemic.

How Sevenoaks District Council Overcame Funding Constraints

Local Government budgets are shrinking while costs and demand continue to rise. This case study shares insights from Cllr Peter Fleming, Leader of Sevenoaks District Council and Chair of the LGA Improvement and Innovation Board on their inventive funding strategy.

Streamlining the Transition Between Child and Adult Safeguarding Services

Child and adult safeguarding services share the aim of protecting people from harm, however, they are guided by different practices. There needs to be more guidance in place to help ease the transition between services and streamline practice when a person reaches adulthood. This case study looks at how Birmingham City Council Preparation for Adulthood service helps young people with this transition.

Making Universal Credit Work for People Facing Homelessness

Homelessness charity Crisis has called for better partnership working between Jobcentres and Housing Services. This case study looks at the work Crisis have done to train Jobcentre staff to be better equipped to help those experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Tower Hamlets: Supporting Residents out of Poverty

Tower Hamlets is a London borough with a stark contrast between both wealth and poverty. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to poverty in the borough This case study outlines the work of Tower Hamlets Council in supplementing the incomes of those living in poverty.

Providing Safe Homes for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on domestic abuse services with 1 in 6 homeless cases registered between April and June 2021 being survivors of domestic abuse. Housing service providers need to find ways to improve services for survivors and to collaborate with partner organisations to provide the best possible support for survivors.

Managing Transfers of Care & Reducing Hospital Admissions

Britain’s ageing population have complex needs, which the health and social care system is adapting to meet. Creating integrated care communities to reduce hospitalisations is key to this new strategy.

Improving Wildfire Preparedness and Management

Between 2009 and 2017 Fire & Rescue Services attended almost 260,000 wildfire incidents in England, an average of about 32,000 incidents per year. This number is set to increase with the impacts of climate change. We need to improve our research and resources now to ensure the UK is able to manage the risks and impacts of wildfires on our landscapes.

Reducing Local Government Reliance on Temporary Work Contracts

As of March 2021 45,3% of those employed in Local Government worked on a temporary or casual contract. Only 26.2% of staff were employed on a permanent basis. This case study examines North Yorkshire County Council’s Effective Integrating Resources Strategy and how the strategy helped reduce spending on agency staff by over £3.5 million.

Clean Air Villages: Engaging with Businesses and Communities

The Cross River Partnership (CRP) strive to make London a more sustainable and healthier place to live and work. This case study examines the CRP’s Clean Air Villages Project and the techniques they have used to encourage encouraging businesses and communities to switch to low-emission solutions.

Improving Community Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Ahead of the Governments promise to stop the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2030, Haringey Borough Council have began restructuring the borough in preparation for the eventual transition to electric. This case study outlines their strategy.

Reviving the Lincolnshire Seaside: Coast Collaboration for a Connected Coast

In 2020 Mablethorpe and Skegness, both towns on the Lincolnshire coast, joined forces to bid for £50 million of The Towns Fund. This case study outlines the proposed projects of the Lincolnshire Connected Coast Board to regenerate its coastal towns.

Improving the Speech and Language Skills of Children in Norwich

The proportion of children achieving a Good Level of Development (GLD) in Norwich is low, with many children lacking adequate speech and language skills. This case study looks at the work of Norwich Opportunity Area towards improving outcomes for children in the local area.

Supporting the Community to Protect Against Fraud

Building Public Resilience against Fraud is the job of the National Trading Standards Scams Team. This case study looks at the work of the team in supporting victims of mass marketing fraud scams.