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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Devon County Council and the Apricot Centre: Future of Farming – Training the next generation of Regenerative Farmers

In January 2021 the Apricot Centre carried out a study that highlighted a huge skills deficit in Regenerative Systems, holding back farmers, growers, and food systems workers from transitioning to regenerative farming methods. Devon County Council supported the Apricot Centre to deliver a pilot training programme, helping local businesses to develop the required skills and to create new jobs in the sector.

Investing in council house building - Central Bedfordshire Council

Central Bedfordshire Council has been addressing a deficit in social housing by embarking on a project to increase the number of council properties available.

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council's First Low-Energy Council Home

This project is the basis on which we will make the wider Lancaster West Estate carbon-neutral by 2030.

Delivering the first passivhaus homes in Mansfield

Mansfield District Council have a clear political aspiration to take action to address the climate emergency through our house building programme. Hence the driver to deliver, and learn from a pilot passivhaus scheme.

Bracknell Forest: Resurrecting an Early Years and Childcare Strategy

This case study describes the process of resurrecting the Early Years and Childcare Strategy in Bracknell Forest. The support programme engaged a total of 12 LAs in a process to support the best coordination of services, legal compliance and improved outcomes for children and families.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority: Coproducing and All-Age Autism Strategy

Partnership across Greater Manchester to develop a new All-Age Strategy. Ensuring that the strategy meets the needs of autistic people at all stages of the life-course.

Leicester City Council: Every Voice Counts: autism co-production good practice – post- diagnostic support

The NHS England/Improvement short term funded project took place over three months in 2021 and aimed to engage local autistic people and their families.

Plymouth City Council: Plymouth Autistic Employment Project

A partnership project between Plymouth City Council and Job Centre Plus supports autistic people to find and sustain employment.

Telford and Wrekin Council: A risk-based approach to councillor safety

Telford and Wrekin Council were faced with a challenging situation in 2019 when they commissioned an inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation. Councillors were at risk of abuse and aggression from residents and national groups interested in the inquiry. The council took this risk seriously, providing councillors with appropriate and proportionate safety measures depending on the level of risk.

Meaningful Co-Production and Engagement across Derby/Derbyshire

The Derby and Derbyshire Autism Partnership Board (APB) has been established for 10 years, has an autistic co-chair and good representation from commissioners, health, providers, parents, and Experts by Experience (EbE’s). Derbyshire County Council support the APB with Derbyshire Autism Service providing an autism friendly meeting room when required