Maidstone Borough Council
The Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) came into force in 2018, leading to increased demand for Housing services in a period of reduced funding due to austerity measures.
This demand has been accelerated by the pandemic. The financial and broader impacts that this has had on many households has led to increasing demand on councils to provide additional support to residents.
The challenge that many councils face, is that the first time they become aware of an issue is when a household contacts the council and presents as homeless. At this point, it is often too late to explore and deliver a range of interventions that may have prevented the situation arising, and the only option available may be expensive Temporary Accommodation.
Maidstone Council began exploring these issues back in 2019 before the pandemic had struck and launched their Homelessness & Rough Sleeper Strategy, prioritising the prevention of homelessness.
The Council approached xantura and EY to support their transformation towards a preventative service model.
Collectively, we pioneered a new approach to tackling homelessness by designing and implementing ‘OneView’ – an innovative data and analytics tool that brings together data from different areas to identify those at risk of future homelessness and enables councils to understand their services in a holistic way – ultimately transforming the way that vulnerable groups are supported.
The tool also enabled Maidstone to overcome a number of their key challenges, with core functionalities including:
Single view of customer via automated case summaries
Robust data controls through
What they said:
“OneView has been proven to deliver immediate benefits to the client group with tangible examples of families who without the support they are now receiving were on a trajectory to presenting as homeless in the near future and who otherwise may not have come to our attention until a point which was too late for a successful intervention. With all these matters GDPR is a consideration and the infrastructure enables the controlled sharing of information that’s compliant with legal gateways and is reinforced by data sharing agreements.
EYX has been incredibly supporting throughout a challenging journey. Their can-do approach continued throughout the project and into the present day through monthly meetings and their enthusiasm is inspiring and matched only by their technical expertise. For that reason I have no hesitation in recommending EYX as being organisations worthy of further exploration to see how they can change service delivery to vulnerable populations across Kent.”
Head of Housing and Community Services – MBC