Cash boost for Sutton homes

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Figures show the New Cross area in Sutton has the highest dependency on public services so a scheme is being piloted to help make those families more self reliant.

Nottinghamshire County Council, Ashfield District Council, police and health services are working together to make sure services fit the need of their community.

They will ensure value for money through co-ordinated, early intervention with people likely to have a high dependency on services including police, health, social services, housing or environmental issues.

The New Cross Support Team aims to reduce their reliance on such services and work towards self-managing and improving their own outcomes.

In addition to the Government funding, Nottinghamshire County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office have both contributed £50,000 to the initiative.

Coun Cheryl Butler, deputy leader of Ashfield District Council, said: “The council is committed to exploring new ways of supporting our residents which both improve quality of life, while at the same time reduce waste and inefficiency. We have committed significant mainstream resources to this project and I am grateful for the support and commitment shown by other agencies in doing the same. The additional funding received will reinforce these commitments and create longer term stability for the project. By working together more effectively I believe we can make a real difference in this area.”

Coun Glynn Gilfoyle, chairman of community safety committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “This scheme is about building on existing prevention work and aims to reduce the demand for services by preventing health, crime and social problems before they take hold. By identifying the right households and providing a comprehensive package of support, we hope to improve the quality of life for those families, avoid them becoming dependent on public services and save taxpayers money long term.”