Lewes District Council has partnered with FutureGov to identify how welfare reform will impact on residents, and what options are available to support people.
The project looks at more radical approaches to help all members of the community, not just those on benefits. It looks beyond what the benefits system provides to the wider resources that are in the community, and how they can be used to help people meet their aspirations. An example is FutureGov’s Casserole project, which brings local communities together around home cooked food, with people who are happy to cook an extra portion of dinner for older neighbours who struggle to cook for themselves.
The council and FutureGov have spoken to many residents and front line staff, as well as partners such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Credit Union, and Eastbourne Borough Council, to really get a picture of how life is on the front line. I have been delighted to be part of the working group , representing BHT.
We understand that life is hard for many people with added financial pressures. It’s been great to be involved with such inspiring colleagues from Lewes District Council and Future Gov, to lead the way in finding innovative solutions for people to deal with the financial pressures of day to day life.
FutureGov has already secured funding of £50K to develop a secure mobile app with the council to enable people to access low interest loans from Credit Unions, to rival current high interest “pay day lenders”. The council will work with financially vulnerable people to create the secure app. It will help reduce fraud and financial exploitation and empower people with limited means to take control of their lives through better borrowing and saving habits.
Over the next six months, the council and FutureGov will work with residents and partners to develop more ideas and work out which schemes will work best in the district.
To find out more about the Lewes project or to get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @lewesdc.