Community budgets

In October 2012 the three Tri-borough councils of Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea submitted pragmatic proposals to deliver up to £70m net savings to public services across the three boroughs within three to five years.

Summary of achievements

Since October 2012 we have:

  • Cut care proceedings in the court system from an average of 49 to 26 weeks and achieved estimated savings of £900,000.
  • Implemented a joined up, one stop service to families with multiple complex needs across the three local authority areas. To date, we have provided support to over 1,000 troubled families and will scale up to work with 1,730 families inside three years.
  • Commissioned a new offending service for people in police custody and residents released from short prison sentences. The new service went live on 15 October 2013 and aims to reduce the reconviction incidents of this group by 10%.
  • Been approved as a Department of Health Pioneer site for integration and showcased to the Minister for Care and Support how joined up care is working on the ground. The Tri-borough Better Care Fund draft plan was circulated as an exemplar by the LGA.
  • Pre test pilot of our new Employability Passport, supporting 181 additional learners take part in additional work related learning activities. The passport is now being piloted across 6 schools in the Tri-borough area.

Next steps

Throughout 2014/15 we will maintain the momentum in implementing our original Community Budget business cases and we will work closely with government departments and the Public Service Transformation Network to ensure we robustly evaluate our progress and share our learning with other local areas.

We will also continue to design, test and implement new approaches to providing local public services that tackle the realities of deficit reduction while meeting the rising expectations of our residents for affordable homes, jobs for young people, and support for the most vulnerable.

Last updated: 10 August 2017
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