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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Southwark Council: Reduced Mowing to Support Local Nature

Southwark Council has been implementing a ‘no mow’ policy in our major parks and elsewhere. We have recently introduced ‘cut and collect’ techniques with the purchase of new equipment funded by the Mayor of London’s rewilding fund.

Urban Tree Planting in City of Wolverhampton Council

The City of Wolverhampton is a metropolitan authority in the West Midlands with a population of around 260,000. It is a densely populated city with a limited amount of open space and struggled to accommodate tree planting on the scale required by many funding schemes.

Muslim Girls Fence

Muslim Girls Fence is a project collaboration between Maslaha and British Fencing which aims to facilitate spaces at a grassroots level for Muslim girls and women

Kirkby town centre regeneration, Knowsley

Kirkby Town Centre, located within Knowsley, required large scale public sector intervention to drive and deliver regeneration for the area. This included a number of service co-locations, demolitions and exploring options for unlocking underutilised brownfield land to improve the housing, leisure and retail offer in Kirkby.

Sharing successes, practice, problems and approaches: Lancaster West Estate’s Future Neighbourhood Vision

We wanted to take the opportunity to share the progress of two One Public Estate (OPE) projects and how OPE funding can be used to lead to larger programmes of work and link in with other funding streams, in this case the GLA Future Neighbourhood 2030 programme.

Essex County Council: Emergenetics pilot offer

Essex County Council’s Strategy, Insight and Engagement (SIE) Senior Management Team participated in the Emergenetics pilot offer. Read below to find out more about the team and their experience of Emergenetics.

Warwickshire County Council: Emergenetics pilot offer

Warwickshire County Council’s Corporate Policy Unit participated in the Emergenetics pilot. Read below to find out about the team and their Emergenetics experience.

Leicester City Council: T Levels as an entry to employment

Leicester sees T Levels as an entry to employment for young people. The council has used learning from apprenticeships and the Kickstart Scheme to put in place robust systems and support for team managers and students undertaking industry placements.

Lewisham Council: Vegan catering, a local approach to global emissions

Responding to the global climate emergency at a local level is a challenge faced by all local authorities.

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council: Developing an attempted suicide follow-up service

The Psychosocial Engagement Team service was developed as a six-month pilot project, where referrals were made by A&E mental health liaison teams into a six to eight week programme focused on problem-solving and support. In six months, 100 referrals were made, with 85 per cent engagement. The pilot has been evaluated and embedded into the mental health pathway. This case study was done jointly with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and forms part of our suicide prevention resource.