Funding boost for group that is working to improve Lowestoft

Phil Aves, Lowestoft Rising lead.

Phil Aves, Lowestoft Rising lead. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A group established to improve the way the public and voluntary sectors operate for Lowestoft with the aim of making the town a better place has benefited from new government funding.

Following a bid by Waveney District Council, Lowestoft Rising has successfully secured expert help and £60,000 in funding to further improve its services to the community.

The 'Delivering Differently in Neighbourhoods' scheme is a local authority-based government scheme which helps councils deliver more for less by working with local communities and neighbourhood groups to redesign services to better address their needs. The scheme is part of the wider Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) policy, which aims to give people more power over what happens in their neighbourhood.

A total of 24 local authorities have been awarded a share of £2million in funding to help further develop their services, with Waveney District Council securing £60,000.

This grant will aid the work of Lowestoft Rising, and the partnership will also receive expert guidance from the Delivering Differently in Neighbourhoods team.

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Phil Aves, Lowestoft Rising lead, said: 'The Delivering Differently in Neighbourhoods funding will help us develop the work of Lowestoft Rising as we integrate both the public and voluntary sectors to deliver services in the best way for the public.

'The work involved to secure this assistance once again demonstrates the power of the Lowestoft Rising partnership in working together to bring in additional funding and expert advice to help us in our journey and make Lowestoft a better place.'

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Stephen Ardley, Waveney's deputy leader and council member for Lowestoft Rising, said: 'The Lowestoft Rising partnership is really getting noticed at a national, as well as a local level. Partners are working closely to deliver improvements for the town and this funding is an important contribution.'

Lowestoft Rising aims to integrate public services in a unique way, bringing together Suffolk County Council, Waveney District Council, Suffolk Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner's office and Health East (CCG) in order to address a range of social issues.

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