Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council and its partners in the Greater Manchester area are using a geographical information system (GIS) to target services at the people that would most benefit from them.
Council officers and people working for other groups delivering services can correlate multiple sources of data with detailed maps of Rochdale.
The Rochdale and Oldham Housing Market Renewal project is measuring the effectiveness of housing renewal in the area using the application. It looks at GCSE pass rates and children’s performance at Key Stage 2 in the areas that are being renewed. The project managers hope that both indicators will improve over time as the condition of local housing gets better.
Rochdale’s social services department is using the tool to target its spending at young children in the most deprived parts of the town. Council officers were able to target individual streets or housing estates by comparing the distribution of children under four years of age with levels of deprivation.
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