Community Budget shortlist revealed

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has unveiled the six areas to be shortlisted as potential pilots of the government's 'Whole Place Community Budgets' scheme.

The six authorities will continue developing their ideas of how to deliver a range of public services through a more integrated funding approach, although only two will go forward to become full pilots of the initiative.

The following six areas have been chosen from a longlist of 15:

  • Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
  • Cheshire West and Chester
  • Essex
  • Greater Manchester
  • Sunderland City Council
  • Westminster (Joint tri-borough application from Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea)

According to the communities department, the bids have shown "real ambition and radical thinking".

The Whole Place Community Budgets pilots will further the work carried out under the previous government's Total Place agenda, which sought to increase integration between different public services to improve efficiency and reduce duplication.

The scheme is also expected to encourage greater estate rationalisation as authorities improve colocation and joint working between different organisations.