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Hampshire County Council: Working for you

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By reshaping our services and finding new and innovative ways to work with partners we can ensure better value for money – helping to keep Council Tax levels as low as possible.

The County Council is one of nine local authorities to have been chosen to take part in the Government’s new Public Sector Transformation Network. We will be using this Network to share expertise as we work with partners and local communities to manage demand for public services, jointly investing in long term solutions, changing what we do and how we do it to improve services for you.

By working in a co-ordinated and planned way with our partners to deliver high quality, cost-effective public services we want to:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of all who live in the county
  • Develop infrastructure and services which will promote economic prosperity and provide opportunities for all to develop the skills needed to play a full part in Hampshire’s economic success
  • Protect Hampshire’s environment and quality of life

We also want to do this in partnership with you. Using customer and community feedback, together with information about levels of need across the county, we can plan and deliver local solutions which work best for the communities we serve.

Here are some of the ways we are already working with partners:

  • We have established a Health and Wellbeing Board, bringing together all those who plan and buy services to improve the health and wellbeing of Hampshire residents to promote healthy lifestyle choices and the effective delivery of services to meet identified priorities.
  • We are investing around £45million over the next decade in Extra Care Assisted Living – accommodation which enables people to live independently in homes of their own for longer, with support available when needed. To date, just under 700 units have been established in a combination of new build apartments at Fleet, Andover, Basingstoke and Gosport and sheltered housing units across the county, which have been enhanced to Extra Care standards.
  • With our partners in the Supporting Hampshire’s Families Programme we have already helped 79 families turn their lives around by addressing issues such as school attendance, anti-social behaviour, crime and unemployment.
  • We have committed £165million to provide 8,000 much needed additional school places in Hampshire over the next three years. Partnership working with other councils and contractors will ensure high quality, value for money school accommodation. Just under 3,000 places were ready for the start of the school year in September. The County Council also works with schools to raise standards and is one of the top performing councils for this - 83% of our schools have been judged by Ofsted to be good or outstanding: much better than the national average.
  • We have facilitated £600million capital investment to stimulate the Hampshire economy; the Hampshire Youth Investment programme will create 1000 employment opportunities at the Council over the next five years boosting job prospects for young people and we will ensure 90% of all premises (businesses and households) have access to superfast broadband by 2015, rising to 95% by 2017.
  • We maintained more than 5300 miles of road and through Operation Resilience have made the county’s roads more resilient to extreme weather and heavy traffic. We won the sustainability award at the South East England Engineering Excellence Awards for the Eclipse Bus Rapid Transit scheme connecting Fareham and Gosport.
  • Our ‘Have Your Say’ scheme has enabled people to get involved and make decisions about how funding is used to make improvements in their communities.
  • We are working with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hampshire Constabulary to share business support costs to ensure the most efficient use of public funds.
  • Finally, as part of our work to conserve Hampshire’s rich environment and landscape, all of our eligible country parks hold the prestigious Green Flag award.

Transforming lives

“This is the place for us.  We feel safe and secure.”

That’s the verdict of Tony Mardell on the Extra Care Assisted Living apartment  he shares with his wife Joan in Basingstoke.

Extra Care Assisted Living is just one of the ways in which Hampshire County Council is working in partnership with other organisations to provide flexible, modern services for Hampshire residents. Tony (76) and Joan (81) are among residents already benefitting from this partnership work. They lived in a warden assisted bungalow but with increasing health concerns they realised they needed more support close at hand and moved to Newman Court where Extra Care Assisted Living ensures they can both remain together and living as independently as possible for as long as possible. “We came to a decision that we would feel more secure if we had access to support on site. This scheme has care support 24 hours a day and it is marvellous.”