New case study: integrating services to better serve communities

A new case study has been published on the Reform More for less website. This details the work of “Margate Task Force” to provide a more integrated and efficient way of delivering public services for the community in the seaside town of Margate.

Since the 1970’s, Margate has suffered a decline as a popular tourist resort. This has resulted in high levels of high levels of unemployment and benefit dependency.

The Task force has been created to tackle Margate’s high-level of socio-economic problems. This consists of a team within 14 agencies and co-located at Thanet District Council offices. In just a few short years the work of the Task Force has led to an increase in positive regeneration of the local area and a reduction in crime during the first two years of co-location. It has helped inform the regeneration of local housing by working with a “Housing Intervention” project.

“The work being done by Margate Task Force to integrate migrants into the Margate and Cliftonville areas should be copied across Britain and Europe.”
Marta Andreasen, MEP.