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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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Funding the move to anaerobic digestion

Newcastle Borough Council wanted to increase recycling targets due to rising landfill costs. But with cash in short supply, funding the move to anaerobic digestion promised to be a challenge. Now the council collects between 70 and 80 tonnes of food waste from all 54,000 households in Newcastle under Lyme every week.

Physical activity

Welcome to our section on physical activity. Right here is where all the useful information on getting active, fit and taking part in exercise will appear.  

Riots: providing a public health perspective

There was a battery of instant analysis in the immediate aftermath of the riots in August, and central government peppered the airwaves with policy responses: evictions for people convicted of rioting, more help for so-called problem families, curfews and a strategy to tackle gang culture.

Adults and health productivity opportunities: Essex County Council

In July 2009, Essex County Council (ECC) created Essex Cares, a local authority trading company (LATC), to provide social care services.

Efficiency and income generation

Sharing management and services across the public sector (Herefordshire)

In Herefordshire, the unitary Council and the PCT, NHS Herefordshire, have had a single chief executive and management team, together with a single corporate plan, since 2008.

Efficiency and income generation

Generating income from 4G internet

The London Borough of Camden initially led a group of 16 Councils across London and Kent in a collaboration for the implementation of a Wireless concession contract. Twelve Councils have gone on to individually secure deals.

Efficiency and income generation

Unabridged version: Workcrafts, North Allerton, North Yorkshire

Workcrafts Community-based Volunteering Project, Northallerton, North Yorkshire organisation The Workscraft company

Unabridged version: Cocktails in Care Homes

About the project This project brings together care homes and Magic Me volunteers offering monthly evening parties in three care homes in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.