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Supporting the place agenda

Place shaping is nothing new, but with the changes to local government – finance, devolution, austerity and rising demand from citizens – it’s now a major focus.

Creating a place where people want to invest, live, work and play is delivering tangible results – nurturing an environment that supports and encourages residents to generate a sense of community.

By looking more closely at place, real opportunities are being uncovered to attract business and residents, support local skills and generate revenue for the area to sustain and improve local public services.

Capita already has a range of place-based partnerships – eg, with Blackburn with Darwen Council – and extensive experience in helping local authorities and other stakeholders work together within regions for their collective benefit. We've created a Place Framework, based on six enablers we believe are necessary to deliver your local ambitions – skills, employment, economy, infrastructure, healthcare, and community.

And we have capabilities within each of these enablers that can affect real change for your place.

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The focus for local authorities now is on the transformation of their place, not just their organisation. We understand that and are here to help. The Place Framework enables us to engage with leaders, understand their priorities, assets and focus, and identify how best to support them.

Alex Cousins

Capita business development director (local government)

The Northern Powerhouse has place at its heart, with a particular focus on transport, infrastructure and driving economic growth. And some of our flagship programmes, including our partnerships with BBC North at Media City Salford and North Tyneside Council, the recently renewed place-based partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council, and the Salford Urban Vision partnership, are already working towards delivering its vision for the North.

The People's Powerhouse adds people and community into the Northern Powerhouse - the collective power of the public, voluntary, community and business sectors. Its latest report sets out five pillars of change:

  1. a more inclusive North where our diverse voices and strengths are represented
  2. a good economy that works for more people
  3. devolution that genuinely includes local people
  4. a focus on the value of all our places
  5. more collaboration, sharing and learning together.

We’re looking forward to working with the People’s Powerhouse in 2018 to help create their delivery plan, as well as collaborating with them on a series of roadshows, all based around putting people and communities at the heart of investment and growth plans. It’s about coordinating skills, assets, networks and experience to deliver joined up solutions – and we’re delighted to be part of it.

Alex Cousins

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