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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Brighton & Hove City Council: council tax rebate donation scheme

Brighton & Hove Council identified a number of households who said they do not need the energy council tax rebate which is intended to help with fuel bills. In response, they supported the launch of the Brighton & Hove Cost of Living Crisis Appeal, the funds of which will go directly to supporting the most vulnerable households in the area.

Hertfordshire country and district councils: Energy advice app

Hertfordshire Council partnered with Energy Saving Trust to provide an energy efficiency app, to help residents save money on their bills.

Devon, Plymouth, Torbay: VCSE Assembly

Devon, Plymouth and Torbay is developing a Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Assembly to support the sector and the wider strategic system.

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council: Theatre Tracks - a project for cared for children in Tameside

Theatre Tracks is an innovative dance and drama project focusing on community safety themes which supports cared for children in Tameside.

Bath & North East Somerset Council: Cross-partner Community Wellbeing Hub

Bath and North East Somerset Council are continuing to mobilise their cross-partner Community Wellbeing Hub to support the most vulnerable residents, most recently addressing the pressures created by the cost of living crisis.

London Borough of Southwark: Partnering with the Money Adviser Network to reduce debts

Southwark Council partners with the Money Adviser Network, referring customers mainly for rent or council tax arrears. This provides immediate assistance, while building a picture of who in the borough is in particular need and plan support for the future.

Lewes District Food Partnership: Partnering with Lewes District Council to develop a food security strategy

Lewes District Council have recently committed to developing a district wide food security strategy, in conjunction with their Lewes District Food Partnership and Emergency Food Network.

Colchester Borough Council: Cost of living campaign targeted at street level

Colchester Borough Council launched a cost of living campaign in July 2022 to support the residents of Colchester who may be facing financial hardship through rising energy, food and fuel costs.

Improving local skills and knowledge in achieving zero carbon housing (City of York)

Embedding green and low carbon techniques in the local construction curriculum.

South Kesteven District Council: Customising COVID-19 ARG funding to support business growth, diversification & resilience

South Kesteven District Council allocated £1.2m of it’s Central Government ARG COVID-19 Grant Allocation to create a grant scheme based around supporting new and existing businesses to diversify and enable them to be more resilient in the future.