£3.3M GRANT FOR SUFFOLK FOR JOINT PROJECT TO REDUCE COSTS AND BOOST COLLABORATIVE WORKING

Suffolk’spublic-sector leaders have won £3.35m government funding to invest in developing new ways of collaborative working that support communities, reduce costs and generate benefits for residents, has been successful.

The SPSL group, brings together public sector leaders including SCC, district and borough councils, as well as members from NHS England and Suffolk Police among others. They were also given the green light to have restrictions on spending of £1.8m of their own capital receipts lifted. This will mean that funds raised by the sales of the councils’ assets can be spent in different ways to help the transformation. The award will be invested in new ways of collaborative working that support communities, reduce costs and generate benefits for residents over the next ten years. The government were impressed with the bid which has the sole principle of putting Suffolk residents at the heart of everything.  The size of the award reflects the scale of the ambition set out in the bid. The funding is expected to generate in excess of £19m of benefits over the next ten years.

Residents can expect:quicker access to the help that people need (regardless of which agency delivers it); increasingly, one front-door to services and advice in local areas; more homes and jobs by accelerating the delivery of major sites already allocated fordevelopment.