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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.

Become a contestant

Apply now for 2016

Terms and conditions

Application form (hard copy)

LG Challenge – The final countdown

At the LGA Conference, our four finalists made their 'final countdown'. They talked to us about their project ideas and aspirations.


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:

The contestants

Become a host organisation

Your authority must be in membership of the LGA from 1 September 2014 to 10 July 2015 (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). 

Applications for 2015 have now closed.

Register an interest for 2016

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.

Featured Blog – Angela Glithero

Read about this year's challenges in the words of our contestants. Next up is Angela Glithero on the task in South Cambs.

LG Challenge 2015: catch up on the action so far

Watch the contestants tackle each of the challenges so far.