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Local Government Challenge is a competition which seeks out the best and brightest local government officers with the drive and determination to reach the top.

Competitors take part in a series of real-life challenges in host authorities around the country, which test their individual and team working skills. The winner can look forward to a career-enhancing scholarship worth up to £10,000 from the Bruce Lockhart Leadership Programme, to be used to promote localism and local government through the exchange of ideas between the UK, the USA and Europe – and to put into practice successful ideas. The findings will be published to promote best practice and raise the status of local leadership and local government in the UK.

LG Challenge 2016

The fifth and final LG Challenge of the year was a very different type of challenge, devising a recovery plan for the fictional district council of Linfolk. Find out who the competition's four finalists will be.

The fourth LG Challenge of the year took place in West Suffolk. See how our contestants got on developing a set of new principles for customer services delivery for the Mildenhall Hub.

The third challenge took place in Bradford - watch the film to find out who came out on top.

The second LG Challenge of the year took place in Derbyshire. See how our contestants got on developing proposals to improve outcomes for adults with learning difficulties. Who came out on top, Transform or Pioneer?

The first LG Challenge film of 2016 took place in Christchurch and East Dorset. See how our contestants got on developing proposals to revive Highcliffe Beach. 

LG Challenge 2016 Contestants

Amy Newnham
I work at East Sussex County Council as an Organisational Development Officer in HR. The work I do supports the organisation to be as effective as possible including developing our people and the processes that support them. I've been working here for just shy of 3 years and love that I get to do worthwhile work which makes a difference to so many people! 




Liz Rice
"I'm Liz Rice, a Communications Officer at Mole Valley District Council, reaching individuals and businesses with messages from all our services areas.  I work with a whole host of partner organisations across a range of channels and am very much looking forward to taking on the Local Government Challenge 2015/16!" 



Luke Keen
I work in Highways as the Network Change Manager for Birmingham City Council. I work on the 25 year PFI Highways Maintenance Contract with Amey. I'm thrilled to have been accepted and I am really looking forward to getting started! 




Heather Storey
I am the Category Manager for Education and Inclusion at Croydon Council, supporting strategic commissioning of services such as Alternative Education Provision and School Improvement Services. Prior to joining Croydon I was working in Education Policy and Data at the Greater London Authority. 





Yunus Mayat
I manage and lead the Enterprise Architecture and Information Services team, empowering council departments to work together in sharing information, and further enabling the council to share data across other organisations (public, private and voluntary sectors) securely. Thus driving efficiencies and savings for the benefit to my fellow Bradfordians. 



Yinka Alli-Balogun
An enduring member of Wirral Council's first Graduate Scheme, I currently coordinate the Travel Solutions Project that supports local people to overcome transport barriers and travel sustainably. Also, I am a Youth Worker in Training at a Council youth club and hub, providing informal education to Wirral's young people who for all intents and purposes are a hilarious bunch! 





Emily McGuinness
I currently work for three Somerset District Councils as Scrutiny Manager for South Somerset District, and Democratic Services Co-ordinator for Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset Councils. I am proud to work in the public sector and support elected councillors in delivering the best possible services to our communities. 




Pam Gosal
Pam Gosal is Head of Corporate Economic Development and Inward Investment for Milton Keynes Council (MKC). Pam created the Economic Development function in MKC six years ago and took on the Inward investment function from the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) in 2012. Most recently Pam was awarded the Women Leaders Business Services Award which was a great honour (http://www.womenleadersmk.co.uk/2015-winners/). 




David McCollum
Originally from Birmingham, I have been at Lambeth for 6 years in a wide variety of roles ranging from working as first point of contact in a busy homeless persons unit, to designing and commissioning financial resilience services that mitigate the negative impact of welfare reforms. I have recently started in a new position as Senior Commissioning Officer for Crime and Disorder.




Kate Henderson
I am currently Strategic Housing Manager at South Ribble Borough Council. I am responsible for policy and strategy development; supporting delivery of new homes through the City Deal; and delivering other related housing projects. I also manage the Building Control team, ensuring it remains customer focused in a highly competitive environment. I am thrilled to be part of the LG Challenge, and excited about the challenges that lie ahead.



Local Government Challenge 2015

We'd like to extend our thanks to all of the participants and host organisations taking part in the LG Challenge 2015, the standard of competition as always was very high. After careful consideration and as a result of a vote made by conference attendees we're pleased to announce that Jude Taylor of Staffordshire County Council took the prestigious prize. Congratulations Jude.

Some highlights and memories of Jude's journey:

Become a host organisation

Your authority must be in membership of the LGA from 1 September 2016 to 15 July 2017 (inclusive). We will also consider partnership applications from within the public sector (for example, applications from one or more local authority and a partner or partners in health, the Police and/or the voluntary sector). 

Register an interest for 2017

Become a contestant

Terms and conditions

Apply online for 2017

Download a PDF application form

Further information

Please contact: lgchallenge@local.gov.uk

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Customer service improvement guide

The Customer Service Improvement (CSI) Guide project was all about helping local authorities across the UK to improve customer services, using simple and cost-effective ideas.

LG Challenge Toolkit

The toolkit includes an editable poster, an LG Challenge web stamp, Twitter guidance and example press releases


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Knowledge Hub

For blogs, forums and further information on LG Challenge from past and present contestants.

LG Challenge 2015: catch up on the action so far

Watch the contestants tackle each of the challenges so far.