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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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Tackling the increase of empty properties through proactive engagement

The number of long-term empty homes has increased in the Braintree district by 46% over the past 3 years. Braintree District Council is working to engage proactively with homeowners to address the issue of empty homes and bring more into use wherever possible.

Luton Borough Council: A fresh approach to contingent recruitment

When the contract to supply temporary staff came up for renewal, Luton Borough Council reviewed the existing approach against three priorities – ability to: generate additional savings, reinvest savings in council services, and to strengthen the permanent workforce.

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City of York Council: Early Talk for York

City of York Council introduced a strategy in 2019 to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children with a focus on speech, language and communication. The Early Talk for York approach aims to improve outcomes for communication and language skills for children aged birth – five.

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Blackpool: Providing dedicated support to sex workers

Blackpool Council has an integrated alcohol, drugs and sexual health support service for all residents known as Horizon and delivered by a partnership of different organisations.

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St Helens Council’s safe transport home project

St Helen's council, in collaboration with the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Merseyside bid into the fifth round of the Government's Safer Streets Fund to fund projects designed to make women safer in the night-time economy. The bid was successful and the funding will be used to increase the safety of women as they travel at night, particularly around taxi ranks.

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Newham Council's Just Transition Plan

Newham Council launched the UK’s first Just Transition Plan to support its local net zero targets. The plan shifts focus from a purely decarbonisation approach to a wider stance embedding core principles of increasing equity for residents and adapting to the worsening impacts of climate change.

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Joint Review of Temporary Accommodation Provision: how can we improve the availability of appropriate temporary accommodation across the county

The Hertfordshire Growth Board is sponsoring a Joint Review of Temporary Accommodation Provision to investigate the options available to local authorities in Hertfordshire.

Local renewable power generation study

Data driven solar installation plan to power the Council’s housing portfolio.

Bristol: Encouraging the black community to use PrEP

Bristol city council and local NHS have made HIV prevention for people of African or Caribbean heritage a key priority.

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Brighton and Hove: How a PrEP app is helping manage demand

A digital pathway for PrEP has been developed  in Brighton and Hove to allow people to manage their PrEP digitally, reducing the number of appointments they need to attend A community clinic has also been set up and has had great success in engaging seldom-seen groups

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