Birmingham selected as Total Place pilot

By on 31/07/2009 in News

Birmingham has been named as a one of 13 pilot areas for the Government’s new Total Place programme – an ambitious and challenging scheme that, in bringing together elements of central government and local agencies within a place, aims to achieve three things:

  1. To create service transformations that can improve the experience of
    local residents and deliver better value
  2. To deliver early efficiencies to validate the work
  3. To develop a body of knowledge about how more effective cross agency working delivers the above

The Birmingham pilot will specifically look at how public agencies can most effectively use the £7+bn of taxpayer cash that is spent in the city annually. It will also look to design new models of service delivery and develop collaborative ways of working.

The initial areas of focus around service delivery are:

  • Services for people with learning difficulties
  • Services for people with mental health
  • Better outcomes for children leaving care
  • Drug and alcohol misuse (including the impact on families)
  • Guns and gangs

A demonstration project designed to deliver a whole community approach (within a housing growth area)

The pilot is scheduled to run until April 2010, and Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne, Chief Secretary to HM Treasury and Deputy Chancellor Of The Exchequer, visited several venues in Birmingham today to learn about the city’s plans.

Amongst those sites he visited was the Anne Marie Howes Centre, a state-of-the-art care centre for older adults, based in Sheldon and developed as part of the council’s to revolutionise services.

Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, said: “There is no doubt that within the current economic climate we will all face an uncompromising financial regime.

“The Total Place project will allow the council to work with local partners on collaborative leadership to shape and develop the landscape going forward in a creative way, to deliver better services for the people that live in Birmingham.

“In total, over £7billion is spent within the public sector across the city - it is only right that we look a how we maximize every pound that is spent, and work in partnership to avoid unnecessary overlap where it may exist.”

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