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Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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London Borough of Southwark: Step-by-Step

Step-by-Step is a Southwark Council initiative to test different approaches to managing debt to the Council – including council tax debt. Where residents volunteer to participate, the Council will immediately suspend all recovery and enforcement action for a period to allow arrangements to be set in place. Under the latest pilots, Step-by-Step also offers debtors access to free, independent debt advice available by phone or online.

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London Borough of Merton: Community Fridge & Food Response Network

From October 2021 - May 2022, Merton’s Community Fridge Network saved over 27,200kg of food from going to waste, equivalent to 58,600 meals and 77,300kg of CO2.

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Bradford: Promoting good oral health

Bradford council commissioned a specialist team to promote good oral health in children by working in primary schools, community events and private nurseries.

Bristol: Tackling youth crime and exploitation

Bristol City Council set up a programme to tackle youth crime and exploitation in a partnership between the council, police, schools and voluntary sector which provides a range of support to vulnerable children.

Cherwell: Getting children and their families active

A team of youth ambassadors led a project in the Oxfordshire district of Cherwell to get children from its most deprived neighbourhoods active. 

North Somerset: Giving children the healthiest start in life

North Somerset has launched programmes targeting issues such as nutrition, healthy weight and oral health for children.

Nottinghamshire: Improving access to affordable and healthy food

Families with young children in Nottinghamshire are being supported with the cost of living through a network of FOOD Clubs which provide more affordable access to healthy ingredients.

Southend: Helping to reduce teenage conception rates

Southend City Council is refreshing its approach to teenage pregnancy with a host of new initiatives to help prevent conceptions and the impact on health inequalities that comes with it.

Westminster: Providing early mental health support

Westminster City Council are piloting a scheme in schools to improve access to early information and support for children on mental health as well as ensuring there are mental health workers in youth hubs.

Sheffield: Supporting families through school inclusion

Sheffield City Council has used government funding to set up a specialist multi agency support team, which works alongside the access and inclusion service to help keep the most vulnerable children in school by providing holistic support to the whole family.