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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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Somerset County Council: An employers' perspective on T Levels

‘Grow our own’ is an important ethos at Somerset Council. T Level placements are one element of a variety of early career routes into the council, and T Level opportunities are making the council an attractive local employer to young people.

Supporting Ukrainian families through HAF provision

Over 140 Ukrainian families attended holiday playschemes in Cambridgeshire over the summer holidays.

Zero Carbon Communities Programme, South Cambridgeshire District Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council set up the Zero Carbon Communities (ZCC) Grant scheme to harness local action and enthusiasm, build local community networks and to enable this through a consistent and sustainable funding approach.

Domestic Energy Efficiency Upgrades, Netherfield, Milton Keynes City Council

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Funding (SHDF) provided an opportunity for Milton Keynes City Council to develop a methodology for energy efficiency upgrades that would be scalable whilst utilising a street-level approach with Mears Group plc.

Hard to Treat Housing Retrofit, Intake Suburb, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Housing retrofit is a highly important and effective programme of work and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC) has been undertaking insulation work over the last two decades in response to government funding.

Retrofit Project in Low Socio-Economic Status Areas, Leeds City Council

Leeds City Council developed the ‘Priority Neighbourhoods’ approach, to prioritise and then address the multitude of issues these areas had.

Energy Heroes: Smart Energy Devices and Communities, Royal Borough of Greenwich

The Royal Borough of Greenwich was commissioned as part of the European Sharing Cities programme to demonstrate the potential of innovation and technology in the areas of citizen engagement, mobility, energy, housing and city data platforms to benefit the environment, the city and its citizens.

Community Orchards, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Community development officers working for Redcar & Cleveland Council developed community orchards in East Cleveland. As part of this scheme, members of the community are trained to graft and care for trees.

Schools Incentive Scheme, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Since 2021, Redcar & Cleveland Council has been targeting schools to be greener through an incentives scheme that incorporates league tables and minor prizes to students.

Community Building Energy Efficiency, Redditch Borough Council, Midlands Net Zero Hub

Climate emergency has been declared by councils in Worcestershire. This created an opportunity to bring together a unified set of targets that were shared across the districts of Worcestershire through the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Energy Strategy.