Case studies

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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Nottinghamshire County Council: using internal communications for cost of living support

Nottinghamshire County Council have created a Yammer community to enable employees to share information on cost of living support that is available for service users.

Cost of living

Barnsley Council: Addressing food insecurity with a new food hub

Barnsley Council have established Storehouse and Field, a community food hub which aims to provide access to high quality ingredients for people who may be experiencing moderate food insecurity.

Cost of living

Building a new generation of council homes (Harrogate Borough Council)

Having a suite of homes that can be used on any site allows for much clearer understanding from all involved, whether it be the construction team or the team responsible for identifying sites and gaining planning permission.

Creating a Homelessness Network (London Borough of Enfield)

Local residents now receive better quality housing and money management advice from local community organisations and are confident to seek help earlier to prevent homelessness.

Releasing council-owned land for residential development (Wyre Borough Council)

The successful bid for Housing Advisers Programme funding allowed us to kick-start the whole disposal process for the only site owned by Wyre Borough Council which was suitable for housing development.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council: Thames Music Makers - educating children about climate through music

Partnering with the English Chamber Orchestra’s Close Encounters team, Urbanwise.London, and Fulham Academy Trust, Hammersmith & Fulham Council co-designed a musical exploration of the Thames, which saw six local primary schools explore its ecology and history. In addition, through creating musical instruments from recycled materials, children got to experience first-hand how they can reuse and recycle everyday products for alternative uses.

Colchester Borough Council and the University of Essex: Go Green Schools project

The Go Green Schools project documented the extent to which primary schools in Colchester have embedded environmental education and action into their ethos, practices and operations.

Performance management at Cheshire West and Chester Council

This case study describes how Cheshire West and Chester Council developed a revised performance management framework (PMF) alongside its new council plan.

Performance management

Performance management at High Peak Borough Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

This case study describes how High Peak Borough Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council have embedded performance management at all levels within both councils.

Performance management