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We have strategic partnerships with local authorities to see how we can help them improve services for vulnerable populations.

Background

Cheshire and Warrington is an ambitious sub-regional grouping made up of Cheshire West and Chester, East Cheshire, Warrington and Halton local authorities, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cheshire Constabulary, Cheshire Probation Trust, NHS England Area Team, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) the Police and Crime Commissioner. Social Finance is supporting the sub-region to develop and implement its public service reform agenda.

Why are we doing this?

Public Service around the country are responding to financial pressure by exploring new ways of transforming services through greater integration and deeper partnerships with the social sector to provide better outcomes for vulnerable people and communities. This place-based partnership is an exciting way to achieve impact that is sustainable and at scale, and to support local plans for greater devolution of powers and funding from Whitehall.

What are we doing?

We are supporting partners across the sub-region on their public service reform agenda by:

  • Advising the Cheshire and Warrington Public Service Reform Board
  • Developing business cases to tackle heath related worklessness and promote progression in low pay, including securing £0.12m DWP funding to pilot better outcomes for people with mental health and learning disabilities in Cheshire West and developing plans to deliver employment support in Cheshire East on an outcomes basis using social investment
  • Helping Cheshire West and Chester to secure around £1m from the Life Chance Fund to top up outcomes for an innovative fostering initiative, and developing other opportunities to use outcomes based contracts.
  • Delivering a strategic review of the criminal justice system with a focus on high risk offending
  • Providing training on financial modelling and CBA