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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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Empowering communities in South Somerset

South Somerset District Council has a history of successful community engagement and has achieved national recognition through the Beacon Scheme.

Example of a Resident's Charter: Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Council wants to make the regeneration of the estates at Scowerdons, Weakland and Newstead (SWaN) as successful as possible. We know that this will be a long and complicated process that will cause some level of disturbance for everyone affected. We will work hard to minimise the disruption wherever possible.

Park life in Cheltenham: an empowered community makes a difference

Summary Springfield Park is in an area of Cheltenham that ranks high in the tables of deprivation. Far from being the community asset it was designed to be, fears about personal safety and anti-social behaviour meant the park was shunned by local residents. Cheltenham Borough Council turned to the local community for a solution.

Thriving district and local centres: Chaucer District Centre case study

Sheffield City Council share their findings on how to create a thriving district centre

Riding high: a partnership approach to community engagement in Cumbria

‘Together We Can' is a programme of community engagement work across Cumbria. One project in Harraby shows the positive impact the programme has had on the police, district and county council's work in communities. Its success prompted a visit by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009.

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.