Single Non-emergency number
It has been thought of, and was even piloted in a couple of force areas, but it was subverted by stakeholder politics.
The basic premis was that you could ring 101 and the operator would deal with a whole raft of stuff including Utility Emergencies. It was to be a joint venture between Local Authorities and the Police to relieve the 999 service. However in a number of areas the police looked at it as a method of obtaining extra control room funding and would not cooperate unless they had control over it, in other areas councils did the reverse. The Home Office also failed to adequately fund it.
A number of control room suppliers have 101 solutions ready and waiting to go, it just needs someone to buy them, but I doubt funds will be forthcoming in the current economic climate. It would however save money for, The emergency services, councils, utility companies, transport companies and several others. I have to say the police and councils I dealt with could see these possibilities and were very enthusiastic about the benefits, even if some couldn't get their heads round the politics.