A £100,000 funding boost from Eric Pickles for innovative work being done by emergency services, health organisations and councils in Surrey and Sussex was today described as a “big vote of confidence”.
The cash from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is aimed at helping the work to transform public services and potentially save millions of pounds.
Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge said: “This is a big vote of confidence in the work we’re already doing together, ranging from improving emergency services to helping young jobseekers and making better use of buildings.
“The public sector should be seen as one team working together to save taxpayers money wherever possible and this funding gives us further opportunities to find new and innovative ways to provide excellent services.
“At the same time we’ll be preparing a bid for a share of the extra cash the government is making available to ensure we stay at the cutting edge of transforming services for the benefit of residents.”
The government has announced multi-million pound funding nationally for the coming years. More details can be found in a Department for Communities and Local Government press release. The £100,000 funding builds on the £750,000 from the Transformation Challenge Award last year.