Les Billingham - Head of Adult Services (Thurrock Council) and Chair of the Steering Group.
14 Month Evaluation
Implementing Local Area Coordination (LAC) was a big risk in an authority like Thurrock. We are small, not well resourced and subject to the same intense financial pressure faced by all of the public sector as a consequence of the Government's austerity programme; committing resources to a scheme focused on prevention that is outside of eligibility criteria was difficult.
The need for really impressive evidence concerning the impact of Local Area Coordination was therefore paramount. I hoped that the evidence would be incontrovertible and compelling and enable us, after a year of piloting the scheme, to build on our initial deployment of three LACS and achieve borough-wide coverage.
Being able to contribute to this report, which contains so much evidence of the positive impact of LAC after the scheme has been running for just over a year, feels very satisfying. Furthermore, being able to report that the evidence of success was so overwhelming so quickly, that we were able to convince partners to fund a further six posts within the pilot period, is testament to the significance of this approach in the context of preventing crisis and managing demand. I am really looking forward to receiving ever more heart-warming stories of the way that LAC is changing lives for the better as the new LACs join the team and begin to deploy into new communities.
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