As local authorities continue to face difficult decisions amid ongoing austerity measures, a research team from the University of Glasgow has worked with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to produce a Social Impact Tool to help councils assess the impact of cuts on services and the public, particularly on poorer groups of service users.

Annette Hastings from University of Glasgow delivered this presentation The Cost of the Cuts: a social impact tool (PDF) at a seminar in Glasgow on 2nd December 2015.

It explains what the tool can do:

  • Produce a robust assessment of the implications of your savings plans for service user groups experiencing varying levels of socio-economic deprivation.
  • Analyse the extent to which distinctive population and service user groups experience different levels of cumulative service change;
  • Track change over time in the social impact of savings.
  • Conduct scenario planning or options appraisal.
  • Encourage informed debate about the differential impact of savings.
  • Benchmark your results against those of other local authorities.

Access the Social Impact Tool on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation website