Case studies

Case study 1 – Markets

A thriving market is important to local people, it provides employment and opportunities for traders, increasing footfall in the towns and improving the offer to visitors.  This case study looks at how we support and develop our markets.

Case study 2 – Eat Out Eat Well Awards

This scheme recognises the efforts of eligible food businesses to actively promote healthier food choices to their customers as part of their business and menus, which was launched in January 2016.

Case study 3 – Social Prescribing Pilot, Haverhill

The Haverhill LifeLink project, run by ONE Haverhill Partnership and in partnership with St Edmundsbury Borough Council, is being piloted to combat some of the pressure on GP services in the town – including the high percentage of appointments which are for social needs rather than medical. With funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government and Suffolk County Council, two LifeLink Coordinators will be employed to signpost between identified patients and the vast amount of vibrant community groups and activities in Haverhill.

Case study 4 – Reducing the risk of hazards in flats above shops

As part of our commitment to drive up housing standards in line with our strategic priority of ‘homes for our communities’, West Suffolk councils took the lead on a Suffolk-wide project with the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service in order to reduce the hazards in flats above shops.

Case study 5 – Newmarket Road

Experiencing homelessness can be one of the most devastating experiences for families. We understand that homelessness can be particularly disruptive for families with children and there is a worry about being distant from friends and family, and children’s schools. We therefore think it is important to keep those finding themselves homeless as close to their support networks as possible in order to avoid further disruption to their lives.

Case study 6 – Transformation Challenge Award

Suffolk received £3.3 million from the Department of Communities and Local Government Transformation Challenge Award fund in April 2015. The purpose of this fund is to reduce costs and improve services for local people through a programme of collaboration and integration across the “Suffolk System”, made up of county, district and borough councils, police, health, voluntary and community organisations.

Case study 7 – Toggam Solar Farm

Forest Heath District Council bought Toggam solar farm in July 2016 as part of its long term investment strategy.

Case study 8 – Legal shared service

Babergh, Forest Heath, Mid Suffolk and St Edmundsbury councils set up a shared legal service which went live on 1 November 2016.