Babergh District Council - What have we done for you, 2019 - 2022 report

What have we done for you 2022 23 Influencing the Suffolk system We don’t work in isolation. We help lead Suffolk-wide action which makes a difference to people’s lives. Babergh, for example, is part of the Suffolk Public Sector Leaders Group. This coordinated countywide support through Covid-19, has helped the most vulnerable, improved community safety, tackled climate change, and fought for fairer funding for Suffolk. Here are some of the things it has achieved: • Helped fund a new literacy project to get young people reading in Suffolk. • Invested funds into Screen Suffolk to bring more TV and film shoots to the county, boosting the economy. • In May 2022, committed £1million to help Suffolk's hardest-hit families during the cost-of-living crisis. • Pledged millions helping Suffolk recover from the pandemic. • Helped fund the Domestic Abuse Champions project, with 870 people signing up. • Funded a three-year program to tackle criminal exploitation, with 20 'County Lines' removed from Suffolk in first year. • Helped fund a new Fuel Poverty Retrofit Delivery Team to make thousands of Suffolk homes more energy efficient. Babergh is a member of the Suffolk Growth Partnership, which discusses key economic issues, and the Suffolk Climate Change Partnership. This supports residents and businesses to reduce carbon emissions, and realise the economic benefits of cutting energy use. Our chief officers and leadership team also work with partners in the health, housing and children’s safeguarding sectors. In 2022, the Local Government Association commended Babergh for punching above its weight in influencing the wider Suffolk system and this partnership working. It said the council was well respected in the region, with partners saying there had been a noticeable step change in Babergh's aspirations in the last three years. Our awards 2021 • iESE Gold award for our Virtual High Street initiative • iESE Silver award for Service Improvements • iESE Bronze award for Council of the Year • Highly commended at the MJ Awards for our housing services 2020 • iESE Silver award for the best use of digital and technology 2019 • iESE Bronze award in the Intelligent Council category for work on the Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 agreements, making them more transparent and accessible for residents.

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