As local authorities continue to face difficult decisions amid ongoing austerity measures, Joseph Rowntree Foundation has worked with partners to produce a tool to help councils assess the impact of cuts on services and the public. Developed with a team from the University of Glasgow and I-SPHERE, Heriot-Watt University, the release of the tool follows a report for Joseph Rowntree Foundation in to the effects of local authority cuts on poorer communities (see our previous blog about the report here).
Called The cost of the cuts: A social impact tool for local authorities, it can help you:
- produce a robust assessment of the implications of your savings plans for service user groups experiencing varying levels of socio-economic deprivation
- analyse the extent to which distinctive population and service user groups experience different levels of cumulative service change
- track change over time in the social impact of savings
- conduct scenario planning or options appraisal
- encourage informed debate about the differential impact of savings
- benchmark your results against those of other local authorities.
The Tool is free to access and easy to use and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation are hosting a free event in London on 26 November in partnership with Solace to look at the Social Impact Tool in more detail.