East Devon District Council

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Policy Housing Strategy

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7. Improving our communities

We will work in partnership with support agencies and other groups to improve the lives of all residents across the district

  • continuing to support Early Help (previously called ‘Targeted families’) and helping people into work
  • helping prepare young people for work through SWITCH job clubs
  • work with the Council’s Countryside team to provide tenants with a range of experiences and activities they may not otherwise have
  • facilitate connections between tenants and local services and build relationships with providers of services that benefit our communities, creating opportunities and building confidence and resilience. 

We will organise events to build relationships with and earn the trust of residents living on our estates

  • delivering programmes and events for young people, families, sheltered tenants and working age people across our tenanted areas
  • creating repeated opportunities for residents of estates and blocks of flats to make new links with each other
  • providing opportunities for residents to meet together and with local services, to help local people help themselves
  • work to prevent social isolation within our elderly residents such as running IT lessons in our community centres and supporting the activities of the Men’s Shed 

We will work to make residents feel safer in their own communities

  • tackling antisocial behaviour where it occurs on our estates
  • working with the Antisocial Behaviour and Community Safety Coordinator and local police
  • working with environmental health to serve community protection notices and public space protection orders where appropriate. 

We will work to tackle fraud of all kinds; the harm caused by fraud is not just financial – it damages local people and communities, and denies people a home of their own.

  • work with our corporate fraud resource and Devon Tenancy Fraud Forum to deter and prevent tenancy fraud
  • seek Unlawful Profit Orders where appropriate
  • data match with credit reference data to reveal where individuals are not living where they say they are
  • require more comprehensive evidence of an applicant’s history and money as part of a right to buy process.