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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Councils are doing remarkable work to address the challenges brought by coronavirus. Good council practice related to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found on our dedicated web hub.

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South Kesteven District Council: Customising COVID-19 ARG funding to support business growth, diversification & resilience

South Kesteven District Council allocated £1.2m of it’s Central Government ARG COVID-19 Grant Allocation to create a grant scheme based around supporting new and existing businesses to diversify and enable them to be more resilient in the future.

Good work case study: County Durham

Darren Knowd from Durham County Council and Caroline High from Believe Housing explain what 'good work' means to them and what can be done to support it at a local level.

Good work case study: Greater Manchester

Ravi Badat from Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Chris Smallwood from Anchor Removals explain what 'good work' means to them and what can be done to support it at a local level.

Good work case study: Lambeth

Brodie Turner and Ruth Hitchings from Lambeth Council and Elle Moss from Drew + Rose explain what 'good work' means to them and what can be done to support it at a local level.

Good work case study: North of Tyne

Caroline Preston from North of Tyne Combined Authority and Holly Shiel-Redfern from Explain Market Research discuss what 'good work' means to them and what can be done to support it at a local level.

Norfolk County Council: Positive Activities Programme

Norfolk's approach to supporting pathways for the hard-to-reach groups in the Council is not documented in a single published strategy but is evident through the range of more specific council strategies for supporting vulnerable and hard-to-reach young people. This includes those with special education needs or disabilities (SEND), youth offenders, and those in care or leaving care.

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council: Mentoring for apprentices

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council provides a mentoring service for apprentices in the private or public sectors. This is part of the Council’s employment and skills team and links with wider services to support harder-to-reach young people, including care leavers and those with disabilities.

Blackpool Council: Care Leaver Employment Adviser project

Blackpool Council's Care Leaver Employment Adviser (CLEA) project provides a dedicated worker for young people (16 to 25 years) who have been looked after by the local authority. This role aims to support young people to take up a job, training, or work placement.

Bristol City Council: Bristol WORKS

To address high levels of disengagement with young people, leading post-16 providers in Bristol have developed a collaborative strategy for building a high quality system. A key part of this includes the Bristol WORKS programme, providing access to quality work experience and apprenticeships to every young person in the city.

Derbyshire County Council: Thriving Communities

Derbyshire County Council's holistic approach to supporting communities means that support for harder to reach young people is embedded within several wider schemes or programmes of support. This includes through the Thriving Communities programme.