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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.

The Fith Challenge – Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service 

Local Government Challenge 2015

New talent takes on LG Challenge

Become a contestant

Applicants must be full or part time employees, including those on fixed term contracts, who are employed by an LGA member authority from 1 September 2014 to 10 July 2015 (inclusive).

Applications for 2015 have now closed. 

Register an interest for 2016

LGA Challenge 2014/15: Terms and conditions

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

Terms and conditions 2014/15









Local Government Challenge 2014

Graeme Kane was announced winner of the Local Government Challenge 2014 on 10 July 2014.

Watch the videos from the 2014 challenges.

Read the press release about the Local Government Challenge 2014 winner.

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.