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Drawing on Legislation to Support Local Government in the Fight Against Online Fraud

In this post Dr Lucian Tipi, Head of Teaching and Learning Enhancement of the College of Business, Technology and Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University, discusses what UK and International legislation is in place to help support local Authorities in tackling online fraud.

Taking steps towards Ending Veteran Rough Sleeping

Between 3-6% of homeless people in the UK come from an armed forces background. Lee Buss-Blair, Director of Operations-Care and Support Functions at Riverside homes, he shares with us some of the steps needed to end veteran rough sleeping.

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.

Creating Accessible Online Platforms for People with Disabilities

Digitalisation is often seen as a positive modernising and cost-saving process. As public sector services increasingly move online, certain groups of society are at risk of being left behind. Grace Clark, Service Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council, shares insights into creating accessible online platforms for adults with learning disabilities to help increase their independence.

Creating Sensitive Loneliness Strategies for the Older LGBTQ+ Community

LGBTQ+ people over the age of 55 are vulnerable to loneliness as they are more likely to live alone and have lower levels of contact with relatives, according to Stonewall. Keith Hargreaves, Community Development Manager, SAGE, Yorkshire MESMAC Leeds shared with us ways organisations can work in partnership to support individuals and help create networks that reduce loneliness.

Using Innovative Methods to Raise Local Government Funds

In recent years, Local Government budgets are increasingly stretched with the costs and demand for services continually rising. We heard from Joseph Holmes, Executive Director of Resources at West Berkshire Council about how the council has developed the UK’s first Community Municipal Investment to generate funding.

The Importance of Having a Gendered Approach to Housing First

1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime, and often women experience this alongside homelessness. Louisa Steele, Housing First and Homelessness Project Manager at Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse, shares how the Westminster Violence Against Women and Girls Housing First project are working to deliver tailored support and housing for women.

Criminal Behaviour Orders: Insights from ASB Help

Criminal Behaviour orders were introduced as part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, replacing Anti-Social Behaviour Orders. We heard from Angela Denison, Victim and Partnership Project Manager at ASB help about her own experience of using Criminal Behaviour Orders.

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.

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.

The Community Trigger: Obstacles to Effective Access and Implementation

Out of 195 councils approached by BBC Panorama, 1 in 5 of them had never held a community trigger. ASB Help provides advice and support to victims of anti-social behaviour in England and Wales. In this article they discuss obstacles to effective access and implementation of the community trigger.

Emergency Planning: How Volunteers can Help Create a Human-centred Approach

The public and volunteers are integral in emergency responses and can fill the gaps in response teams during emergencies. Naomi Phillips, of the Red Cross, outlined how volunteers and the community can help fill these gaps to achieve a human-centred response to crises.

Emergency Planning: Using Data to Improve Support for Vulnerable People in Emergencies

It is important in emergencies to identify vulnerable individuals, as they are often the residents who need the most help. We heard from John Higgins of Tendring District Council about how resident data has been utilised to improve and prepare emergency responses.

Emergency Planning: Preparing the Public and Emergency Responders

The first wave of Covid-19 highlighted the importance of emergency preparedness and the need to improve responses to major incidents. Holly Carter, of Public Health England shared how emergency responders and the public can be best prepared for major incidents and highlighted the importance of using up to date research in planning for emergencies.

Supporting Disadvantaged Families: Local Approaches to Addressing Financial Inclusion

Leeds City Council has been working to promote financial inclusion in the city, addressing poverty and poor life outcomes. We heard from Jo Rowlands, Financial Inclusion Manager at Leeds City Council. They discussed the importance of a strategic, holistic approach to confronting financial exclusion.

Supporting Disadvantaged Families: Understanding Intergenerational Disadvantage

The UK has long struggled to improve social mobility - with Covid-19 exacerbating this problem. We heard from Erin Hawkes, Lead Analyst at The Social Mobility Commission who discussed their work tackling intergenerational disadvantage in the UK.

Sexual Health: Improving Access to LARC and Developing Women’s Reproductive Health Hubs

Liverpool City Council have developed a 3-year vision to address sexual health problems within the city. We heard from James Woolgar, Advanced Public Health Practitioner and Sexual Health Lead at Liverpool City Council on the logistics of the approach, the push for better contraception rates and the benefits of a reproductive health hub approach.

Sexual Health: Addressing and Finding Solutions to Sexual Health Inequalities

The 2020 State of the Nation Report on Sexual Health highlighted that some groups are disproportionately susceptible to contracting STIs. We heard from Dr Michael Brady Medical Director at the Terrence Higgins Trust and Sexual Health and HIV Consultant at King’s College Hospital. He discussed the scope of these inequalities and the impact on individuals and wider society.

Discussing Workforce Challenges in the Housing Sector

The housing sector has been struggling with recruiting new talent and retaining its workforce. Lee Buss-Blair Director of Operations at the housing provider Riverside, shared how his organisation are tackling workforce issues.

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.