Community art project

Councils to pilot innovative ways of working with £5m funding boost

Councils are being empowered to better tackle issues affecting their communities, including youth unemployment, health disparities and crime, through an innovative programme backed by £5m of government funding.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced the 13 councils in England that have been selected for its Partnerships for People and Place initiative.

The programme will trial new ways of working across local and central government and deliver innovative, locally led solutions to key challenges that communities face.

Local authorities will be provided with funding and specialist support for projects targeting specific issues in their areas.

The projects will be spread across urban, rural and coastal communities and will tackle a broad range of issues, including increasing apprenticeship opportunities, tackling crime, health disparities, youth unemployment and poverty.

Each pilot will be looking to test whether closer working between different parts of central government and local places can bring measurable benefits to local communities and people.

The projects will support the government as it delivers on its mission to level up all parts of the UK.

The selected pilots will take place in the following areas:

  • Birmingham
  • Bradford
  • Cornwall
  • Durham
  • East Sussex
  • Hackney
  • Liverpool
  • Luton
  • Newcastle
  • Northumberland
  • Southwark
  • Sunderland
  • Wakefield

Commenting, Minister for Levelling Up and Communities, Kemi Badenoch said:

“This is an innovative programme with the potential to make a real difference to people’s lives.

“From skills shortages and unemployment to tackling poverty and reducing crime, local people are best placed to solve challenges in their own areas.

“That is why we are empowering communities as we level up every corner of our country.”

Each project will receive between £150,000 and £350,000 over a two-year period from the Treasury’s Shared Outcomes Fund.

Councils and their local partners will also be offered a range of support.

This includes contact with senior officials across central government to solve problems identified at a local level, as well as external expertise and resources to map existing funding and outcomes, including to evaluate their projects.

Partnerships for People and Place will also look at whether improved government structures, more flexible funding models and greater collaboration across the public sector could be effective in addressing specific issues in local areas.

The exact amount of funding each project will receive will depend on the delivery plans local councils work up and submit over the next few months.

It is therefore likely that each of the pilots will receive a different amount, depending on the outcomes and interventions they propose to deliver.

All 13 pilots will get a portion of the programme funding in November 2021 to support them to develop these more detailed resourcing plans.

The exact detail of each project will be clarified in the coming months as councils work with central government and partners to create delivery plans.

Developing an integrated, sustainable transport network for Nottingham

PSE June/July 22

Developing an integrated, sustainable transport network for Nottingham

Our June/July edition of PSE we bring you expert comment and analysis on a range of public sector topics, from digital transformation to health and social care and the workforce. Learn about how important ethics are in public service, or how Brighton and Hove City Council are focusing on travel and transport as we head towards a net zero world as well as so much more…


View all videos
PSE365: Public Sector Decarbonisation Virtual Event

Be A Part Of It!

PSE365: Public Sector Decarbonisation Virtual Event | 17 March 2022

PSE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of public sector services. 

Over 365 days you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Upcoming Webinar

Net Zero Government Webinar

According to the UN's Global Waste Monitor 2020, global electronic waste (e-waste) is being called the world's fastest growing domestic waste stream. With 1.6 million tonnes of e-waste produced in the UK in 2019, the UK is on track to becoming the biggest e-waste producer in Europe per capita.

With the public sector under increasing pressure to reach net zero by 2050 and data security threats on the rise, what can leaders do to minise the risks to citizen and organisational data while becoming more sustainable?

Register now and join us on 12 May at 2pm - 2:45pm to find out how the sector can take positive steps to reach net zero targets through sustainable data sanitisation.

More articles...

View all