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Total Place - the LGC guide to the pilots


The 13 Total place pilots have analysed a diverse range of topics, from asset management to services for young offenders. The findings are unique in style and content but common strands include calls for pooled budgets and a focus on prevention.

The key points of each one, incluing contact details, are summarised here - follow the links.



Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland

Leicester and Leicestershire

Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire



Dorset, Poole & Bournemouth


Manchester City Region, including Warrington

Luton & Central Bedfordshire




Readers' comments (2)

  • Total Place is a great notion, as clearly set out by LGC.

    What has not yet come across strongly is that there are massive potential qualitative and quantitative gains from shared back-office services across the whole public sector from the Total Place initiative.

    With the right providers and facilitators, experienced in health and local government, the efficiency gains and simple cost savings can be huge. Saving money in areas that the public doesn’t see should provide policy opportunities that at present don’t exist because everyone is on the back foot.

    No, it cannot be done overnight, but in specific geographical areas defined by Total Place it becomes possible more quickly where there is sufficient political will.

    Stephen Prince, chief executive, Public Sector Consultants

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  • I have read with interest the debate in LGC on the Total Place proposals. The Department for Work & Pensions and
    Jobcentre Plus have played an active and supportive role in Total Place.

    This has been a real opportunity to put the customer at the heart of what we do, achieving value for money and improving
    the way we work. As Total Place champion for DWP, I am personally committed to the project.

    While Jobcentre Plus does not want to undo key elements of activity that already deliver good, cost-effective outcomes for people who are out of work, we do want to encourage smarter working at local level.

    We are pleased that we will be working with places over the next six months to co-design new solutions to the issues of
    worklessness and benefit processing.

    Darra Singh, chief executive, Jobcentre Plus

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