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Bath & North East Somerset

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As well as a focus on jobs and social care, Bath & North East Somerset is building on the domestic violence work of pilots in Cheshire and Essex

The focus of the pilot will be threefold: a stronger economy; independence and positive lives for all; and neighbourhoods of which people are proud.

Bringing together partner work with Jobcentre Plus and the Department for Work & Pensions on a local support model for universal credit, the ‘think local’ procurement strategy, the ‘connecting families’ programme, and other targeted
support will help people into better paid employment and generate more apprenticeships.

Health and social care integration will be deepened by identifying how the council’s energy at home partnership can reduce demands on services and improve outcomes through warmer homes.

It is estimated that cold homes cause £3.8m in local health care costs.

The council also intends to build on the pilot work of Cheshire West & Chester and Essex on domestic violence and abuse to provide more seamless services to vulnerable victims of crime.

This will include working closely with the police and the crime commissioner’s office.

The work will be led by a public services board, which includes Bath & North East Somerset Council, Avon and Somerset Police, Curo housing, Avon Fire and Rescue, the local clinical commissioning group and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

Other partners involved in the work on public service transformation include the Department for Environment & Climate Change, DWP, Jobcentre Plus and the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.

The board will work closely with local communities through a ‘connecting communities’ programme and there are plans to join up how data is used.

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