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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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Learning from the housing Beacons: Bolton Metropolitan Council

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council give us an overview of their open day showcasing the achievements that earned their Beacon status for 'Homes for the future'.

Strong communities

Suffolk County Council, District Councils and County Sports Partnership, with the support of Culture First (the culture and sport improvement network for the East region) have developed an outcomes framework for culture and sports contribution to the theme of strong communities.

Lancashire: new approaches to empowerment, cohesion and equalities

Summary Lancashire County Council's Equalities and Cohesion team have designed a toolkit. It helps officers to consider the equality implications of prioritised activities within the local area agreement (LAA). It can then help set actions to narrow the gaps between different groups of people.

Changing lives

Drug dependency Bespoke housing solutions

Rural conversations on empowerment, cohesion and equalities

The IDeA asked Irene Evison from ‘Resources for Change' to explore approaches to community empowerment and community cohesion. She was also asked to consider the extent to which these approaches in policy and practice differ from those adopted in urban environments.

Building new council homes in North Warwickshire

Summary North Warwickshire Borough Council has committed to build 25 new affordable homes at several locations in the area. They are due to be completed by the beginning of March 2011.

Leisure and wellbeing

John Laing Integrated Services Ltd, who run the London Borough of Hounslow's Parks & Leisure service, have developed outcomes frameworks for libraries' contribution to the themes of ‘Leisure and Wellbeing', ‘Community Cohesion', ‘Education for Life' and ‘Information and Digital Media'.

Participatory appraisal in South Tyneside neighbourhoods

Neighbourhood appraisal and action planning in South Tyneside: piloting a participatory appraisal approach Summary

Worcester City Council: redesigning a rent deposit guarantee scheme

Summary Worcester City Council turned to its neighbours to learn from the best practice that existed locally. It has now introduced the role of private sector liaison officer to help rebuild its rent deposit guarantee scheme in addition to other initiatives.

Norwich City Council

Linking jobs, skills and housing in Norwich Housing problems, lack of skills and unemployment often go hand-in-hand. But housing advisers in Norwich City Council can now offer support on all three issues.