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Are you up for the LG Challenge?

The LGA is looking for 10 contestants to take part in this year's LG Challenge. Now in its eighth year, LG Challenge seeks out the best and brightest local government officers to compete in a series of real-life challenges around the country.

Master problem solvers and passionate about delivering the best for the residents they serve, LG Challengers will come up with innovative solutions to the challenges faced by local government from creating new tourist destinations to saving millions in adult social care. With a Bruce Lockheart scholarship worth up to £10,000 for the winner, you'll have an opportunity to make a real and long lasting impact in your area, as well as giving your CV a substantial edge.

Applications have now closed for the LG Challenge 2017 but you can still watch last year's challenge videos and join the conversation at @LGChallenge #upfortheLGChallenge

Find out what 2016's contestants had to say about the LG Challenge.

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


There are opportunities to be involved in the LG Challenge as both a challenge and a headline sponsor.

Find out more about being a challenge sponsor

Find out more about being a headline sponsor

Further information

Please contact: lgchallenge@local.gov.uk

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LG Challenge 2016

David McCollum, from Lambeth Council, was the winner of the 2016 LG Challenge.

LG Challenge 2016

Previous LG Challenges

LG Challenge 2015

LG Challenge 2014

LG Challenge 2013 

LG Challenge 2012

LG Challenge 2011

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

Download the toolkit for pre-drafted tweets, Twitter cards and an editable poster to promote LG Challenge in your council.


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Knowledge Hub

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