Warrington innovating to help most vulnerable

Warrington Town CentreWarrington Borough Council is using its Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) to underpin a project to identify differences in social and geographical inequalities. The 'Closing the Gap' programme brings together key public sector partners, as well as representatives from the third sector and local businesses, to develop new ways of working together to help support the most vulnerable citizens.

In recent years Warrington has prospered and is recognised as one of the fastest growing economies in the country. However, despite overall gains in prosperity and improvements in quality of life, these gains have not been distributed equally. As a result Warrington has stark inequalities and has implemented a partnership programme to address this.

A core objective of the 'Closing the Gap' programme is to ensure that by 2030 no parts of Warrington would be included in the lowest 10% most deprived nationally. The aim is therefore to close the gap between the affluent and the struggling. To do this, it was necessary to identify which areas fell into this category and understand who lives there. Once this exercise was completed it would then be possible to focus on what services residents already use, what additional services may provide benefit and how best to engage with individual residents and communities.

James Wharfe, Senior GIS Analyst at Warrington Borough Council said: "The LLPG was the most comprehensive address database available and was a vital component in the early stages of the project. Information derived from the LLPG was combined with social marketing information, crime, health, education and emergency services data to identify those areas requiring attention. We could then create profiles for each area and look at ways to address the issues."

Warrington's 'Closing the Gap' programme was rewarded with a Highly Commended in the 2011 National Gazetteers Citizen Exemplar Award presented at the recent 'Everything Happens Somewhere'. The award, sponsored by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and presented by GeoPlace, recognised the innovative use of the National Gazetteers to improve services to citizens.



CONTACTS:

GeoPlace contact: Gayle Gander, Head of Marketing, Tel: +44(0)207 747 3500, E-mail: gayle.gander@geoplace, Web: www.geoplace.co.uk

For more information about Local Land and Property Gazetteers, please see www.nlpg.org.uk.

Notes to editors:

GeoPlace
GeoPlace is a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey. GeoPlace's role is to create and maintain the National Address Gazetteer Database and the National Street Gazetteer for England and Wales, providing definitive sources of publicly-owned spatial address and street data. Through agreement with Scotland's Improvement Service Company, the plan is to extend the coverage to Scotland.

The Local Government Association (LGA)
The LGA is here to support, promote and improve local government.

Local government is facing the most radical changes, as well as the most significant opportunities, in a decade.

We will fight local government's corner and support councils through challenging times by focusing on our top two priorities:

  • representing and advocating for local government and making the case for greater devolution
  • helping councils tackle their challenges and take advantage of new opportunities to deliver better value for money services.

We aim to set the political agenda and speak in the national media on the issues that matter to council members.

The LGA covers every part of England and Wales, and works with the individual political parties through the political group offices. Visit www.local.gov.uk

Ordnance Survey
Ordnance Survey is Great Britain's national mapping agency, providing the most accurate and up-to-date geographic data, relied on by government, business and individuals. Ordnance Survey utilises the National Address Gazetteer Database in the creation of the AddressBase range of products available for use in both the public and commercial sectors. Please visit www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk.

Mon, 20 Feb 2012