Better Lives

Overview

Districts ensure that no one gets left behind by tackling the complex needs of today whilst preventing the social challenges of tomorrow. We act at a scale where it is possible to solve problems rather than simply manage caseloads.

The project group

The workstreams are currently undergoing a refresh, and an update on new workstream members will be posted shortly.
Contact: DCN@local.gov.uk for further information

Our workplan priorities include:

  • Ensuring funding for the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) continues to be delivered directly to district councils
  • Continuing to influence government to ensure the funding for short term supported housing is not passported and is delivered directly to districts
  • Demonstrating how districts are key to preventing and reducing the instances of homelessness and rough sleeping and ensure our best practice examples inform policy development.
  • Ensuring that the new burdens introduced with the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) are properly funded by government for both short and long term
  • Supporting members implementing the HRA by sharing best practice and encouraging government to promote examples and learning from “trail blazer authorities”.
  • Support our members to ensure residents are living in homes free from hazards and landlords are complying with the required minimum standards of housing.

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