This summary report highlights some of the practical outcomes from the Systems Leadership - Local Vision programmes, outlining useful case studies in systems leadership from across England. This summary highlights some of the key outcomes that have...

Cheshire West & Chester Council has helped unemployed residents find and keep jobs by creating a network of 'work zones'. Established as part of the community budget pilot programme, they are funded by money pooled from the council, JobCentre Plus,...

Local businesses are regulated by many bits of government. Inspectors of trading standards, health and safety, food safety, fire safety, gangmasters, immigrant workers and others are all interested in what and how a company is operated - but that...

West Cheshire’s Work Zones have so far guided over 700 people into work. Three multi-agency hubs across the borough offer a joined up approach to supporting people receiving out of work benefits to maximise employment opportunities. The slidepack...

Places joining services up locally to deliver better outcomes have been shortlisted for the MJ's annual awards taking place this week. Some of the councils nominated have worked closely with the Network on joining up services locally including...

'Altogether Better, Safer Communities, Integrated Early Support'. An ambitious whole place project coordinating the powers and resources of all agencies, based on strong collaborative leadership. Read the full case study

Cheshire West and Chester Council has been honoured in LGC's Council of the Year awards, judged as Highly Commended in a category which was won by Glasgow City Council. The authority's entry in the Council of the Year award was based on its...

Responding to the Challenge Panel Report , in the Autumn Statement 2014 the government made a commitment to "analyse the cost and outcomes of key groups with multiple needs" and gather evidence about "the best way to help them". The Lankelly Chase...

The first of the Public Service Transformation Network's December webinars was led by Cheshire West and Chester. The discussion focused on children and families. This webinar explored the challenges faced by local authorities and their partners in...

I'm lucky enough to be part of the team delivering the Working Well strand of West Cheshire's community budget. This strand which is all about getting people into work and, together with partners in the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), we are...

I attended the third LGC Transformation Summit in Reading last week. This event brought together people from councils and some private sector organisations to network and learn from each other. It was also an opportunity to work together on some...

In the first blog post for Better Local Services month Kris Hopkins, Local Government Minister, shares examples of councils and local services working together. Read his blog post here. Find out how you can get involved in Better Local Services...

A check list to help those working beyond barriers increase the probability of success, shared by Hampshire at their Working Beyond Boundaries event. Includes case studies of improved work and skills support in Cheshire West & Chester, health and...

Action for Children, Barnardo's, The Children's Society, NSPCC and Save the Children have launched a new campaign: 'A Stitch in Time' in which they call for a greater long-term commitment from central government to support the country's most...

I'm glad my Scottish cousins decided to stay in the Union. More powers will be devolved to Holyrood. That has brought into sharp relief the debate about devolution in England. I hope this leads to communities taking renewed interest and influence...

Our most recent Panel meeting took place on the 8th August in Chester. This gave some of the panel members an opportunity to see the work of the public sector reform group in West Cheshire who have been doing some really interesting work first as...

A national conference in West Cheshire showcased the innovative and pioneering work under way locally to help people and families with complex needs. West Cheshire’s public sector partners collaborated with the nationally renowned Early...

Slides from Laurence Ainsworth, Altogether Better (Cheshire West & Chester) and Robert Pollock, Director Transformation Network on ingredients for success and lessons learned from service transformation.

Communications focused presentation delivered by Teresa Cunningham from Altogether Better (Cheshire West and Chester).

The new Public Service Transformation Network is working with 33 upper tier local authorities, covering 22% of the English population. PSE heard more about its work from its director Robert Pollock . The Public Service Transformation Network...

It’s been a little over two years since West Cheshire launched Altogether Better, our whole place community budget programme, and over 18 months since we moved from developing business cases to actually delivering on the ground. What I’m delighted...

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Cheshire West and Chester's whole place pilot found that domestic violence cost £20m year, 98% of which was spent on reactive services. Their service redesign included earlier support for victims.

Area : 918km² Population (2011): 329,500 Website: Altogether Better Check area updates for Cheshire West & Chester Programmes & Projects All of Cheshire West & Chester's projects are part of Altogether Better, a five year programme designed to...

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