HALF-A-MILLION pounds has been handed out to police and other public bodies in Durham.
The Government cash is part of a bid to cut crime and make communities safer.
Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins announced the £500,000 windfall today, after visiting the region yesterday.
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, Durham County Council and Durham Police, together with voluntary organisations, have been awarded the funding
It will pay for outreach workers to visit vulnerable and elderly people, to make sure they receive crime and safety advice and protection.
Mr Hopkins said: “I am delighted to announce that local authorities in Durham are being rewarded for focusing on the needs of council tax payers and the people who use their services.
“By joining forces with other organisations they are not only cutting costs, but also making sure their residents get the very best service.
“This is further proof that local government can deliver significant savings, at the same time as making sure that public satisfaction with services improves.”
Durham is one of 33 winning bids to the Government’s £9millon Transformation Challenge Award.
It is the only North East authority to receive the cash, handed out after councils showed how they would improve services for residents and reduce costs.
Across the country, the winning councils believe their proposals will save £10 for every £1 of Transformation Challenge Award money invested.