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From the IDeA Knowledge database...
From the IDeA Knowledge database

Rural Proofing

This looks at how councils can measure the impact and improve effectiveness of public service delivery in rural areas when implementing new services. This series of case studies looks at how district councils in the East Midlands worked with the Countryside Agency to launch pilot studies into accessibility to services in rural areas.

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affordable Housing

Basingstoke & Deane BC explain how they have involved the community to inform their housing strategies and the different ways they have pursued alternative forms of funding and used land creatively to ensure a continued supply of affordable housing.

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A greener, cleaner borough was the focus of a project by Ipswich BC which trained teams to carry out minor repairs and improvements in designated wards. Read about how these small steps made a big difference to the council's liveability programme.

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The East Lancashire leadership programme, for managers in the top four tiers of local government, aims to enhance partnership working between councils. The project identifies the benefits of a joint manager and councillors' development programme across neighbouring councils to complement and develop work within individual authorities.

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This examines how better public transport links can improve employment, training and education opportunities for people in deprived areas. Halton BC's neighbourhood travel team was set up, following a comprehensive study, to identify and reduce transport barriers that prevented people - particularly the socially excluded - from living, working and learning in Halton.

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