In the Northumberland Resident Perception Survey 2012 the following factors were found to be the most important in making somewhere a good place to live: health services, education provision; clean streets, the level of antisocial behaviour, and the amount of affordable decent housing. A range of local services is needed to ensure resident satisfaction with the local area. For many issues, agencies need to work together, as in the following examples:

  • Health and social services and the voluntary sector can help to address issues surrounding Northumberland’s increasingly ageing population. Older people are more likely to have long term conditions or mental health problems (particularly depression).
  • All public sector and third sector organizations and utilities companies could recognize the effects of deprivation and help to identify those in need of assistance.
  • Educational and employment sectors improve educational outcomes and provide employment or access to employment. Economic planners contribute at a strategic level. Northumberland has lower than average educational attainment and higher rates of 16-18 year olds not in training, education or employment.
  • Social services, adoption/fostering services and health sectors improve outcomes for looked-after children. Northumberland’s rate of looked-after children is higher than average.
  • Social services and third sector organizations can support social care users and carers in accessing adequate social contact. Although Northumberland is better than England for people feeling they have enough social contact, half of social care users and over half of carers still do not have enough social contact.