Sheffield and Doncaster Councils land cash to improve partnership working

Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins MP
Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins MP

Sheffield Council has been awarded a slice of a special Government pot of money to improve services and provide more coordinated support for the elderly and sick.

Local Government minister Kris Hopkins announced today the authority is one of six councils which will share more than £4.5million to work with local agencies.

The council has been successful in bidding for a share of the cash and has been awarded just over £1 million to work with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group and Voluntary Action Sheffield.

The money will be used to implement a new community-based prevention service which it hopes will help reduce the pressure on health and care services.

Doncaster Council is to work with South Yorkshire Police and St Leger Homes after securing £300,000 to review assets across the borough used by the public sector and then reduce occupation costs.

Six councils from Yorkshire and the Humber have been awarded a tranche of the cash from the Government’s Transformation Challenge Award.

The authorities had to submit bids as part of partnerships which set out how they would work together to eliminate duplicate services and provide more coherent support for people.

Announcing the successful projects, Mr Hopkins said: “All these councils in Yorkshire and Humber region have shown what can be done to improve the services people get and reduce the costs of public services.

“By working with others, local public bodies are eliminating waste and creating services which help people first time – not services which send people from pillar to post to get problems sorted.”

Nationally, £89.4 million will be given out to 73 projects involving 287 partners including 122 local authorities and 165 other organisations.

Calderdale, Kirklees, North Lincolnshire and Selby councils were also awarded money.