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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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The Breathing Spaces Project - Be active, Keep Learning, Give

This project, developed by Prism Youth Project, based at Prism City Farm, aims to provide 12 to 21-year-olds with opportunities to engage in horticultural and other farm and animal-based activities. By facilitating these types of activities (or what is known as ‘ecotherapy' - green exercise and other learning activities) improvements are made around the young people's wellbeing and mental health.

Network of councils generates digital advertising income

Birmingham City Council recognises the role advertising can play in most council’s income generation strategy as they look for alternative means to help fund services for citizens.

Efficiency and income generation

Council's ‘Best fit’ approach review services and how they are used to make savings

The council has established four companies with three more expected in the next six months. It  also created a charitable trust to deliver leisure services, and a company – jointly owned by Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West Council – to provide back office HR, Finance & IT services. 900 of their staff have transferred into these ASDVs.

Efficiency and income generation

Using property investment to boost commercialisation

Eastleigh Borough Council’s main area of commercialisation has been in respect of property. The council has been pursuing the purchase of a range pf property assets which generate a high investment yield.

Efficiency and income generation

Developing strategic partnerships with a private sector organisations

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is currently in the process of developing a strategic partnership with a private sector organisation.

Efficiency and income generation

People in Public Health Lay Summary

The Centre for Health Promotion Research at Leeds Metropolitan University, have produced a lay summary for the dissemination of accessible research-based information from the People in Public Health study which will support better engagement with citizens to co-produce better health and well-being outcomes. See summary document below:

Finding alternatives to cutting costs

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham has taken a strategic approach to commercialisation and now has in post a director of customer and business development to lead this work across the authority.

Efficiency and income generation

Council's commercial team helps procurement

Leeds City Council has a commercial team as part of its Public Private Partnerships and Procurement Unit which was established in 2001.

Efficiency and income generation

Commercial skills training for council employees

Warrington Borough Council runs an open access programme of five half-day commercial skills training modules for its employees.

Efficiency and income generation

Council forms company to handle its interim and temporary recruitment

Wolverhampton City Council was spending on average £7.5 million a year on temporary and interim workers. It was suggested that rather than paying private companies to do this it should be done through a Council owned company. YOO Recruit was established as a Wholly Owned Company in February 2014 and started trading in April 2014.

Efficiency and income generation