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.

If you have a case study you'd like to share here, please get in touch. Please use our case study template when submitting a case study.

COVID-19 case studies

Councils are doing remarkable work to address the challenges brought by coronavirus. Good council practice related to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found on our dedicated web hub.

Filter by topics
Filter by support type
Your search returned 2134 results

Southampton: Creating women-friendly substance misuse services

In Southampton the substance misuse provider Change Grow Live has worked hard to tailor its services to women. This includes setting up women-only groups and offering support and treatment in different locations around the city.

Newcastle: Encouraging cervical screening uptake in ethnic minority women and trans and non-binary communities

A bespoke social media campaign was developed in Newcastle to target ethnically-minoritised and trans/non-binary communities when the government launched its national cervical screening campaign early 2022.

Kingston: Helping survivors of domestic abuse violence and abuse

The London borough of Kingston has worked with local partners to set up the Kingston Women’s Hub to help women who have experienced domestic violence and abuse. Alongside crisis support, it offers a holistic range of individual and community support to help women thrive.

Surrey: Embedding substance use workers at women's support centre

A partnership between Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council’s Women’s Support Centre is ensuring women who are involved in or at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system get the support they need for drug and alcohol problems.  

Norfolk: Tackling obesity among pregnant women and new mothers

Norfolk County Council has worked with a voluntary sector group to run a project aimed at tackling obesity among pregnant women and new mothers. It is a bottom-up community-driven approach which has seen women in one of the county’s most deprived areas given training to help create sustainable change.

Walsall Council: Cost of living support and advice scheme

A scheme to provide support and advice for Walsall families struggling with the rising cost of living has been launched by Walsall Council.

The Chances Programme Social Impact Bond (SIB): Sport and physical education for youth engagement

In 2020 the first sports-based SIB, the Chances Programme, was launched in England as part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Life Chances Fund.

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham: A ‘cash first’ approach to hardship grants

The pandemic and the cost of living resulted in the council recognising the importance of getting hardship funds to struggling households as quickly and effectively as possible. In response, a ‘cash-first’ approach to grant provision has been adopted which involves the prioritisation of cash grants over in-kind support such as food parcels or shopping vouchers.

Derbyshire County Council: Funding and promoting access to affordable credit

In 2020, support was agreed from Derbyshire County Council's public health budget to promote access to affordable lending through the provision of a dedicated Service Development Officer and funding targeted at promoting affordable lending.

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead: Here to Help

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has responded proactively to the rising cost of living by leading an impactful campaign with community partners, highlighting the support that can help those struggling to cope to hopefully avoid the need for crisis support.