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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COVID-19 case studies

Councils are doing remarkable work to address the challenges brought by coronavirus. Good council practice related to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found on our dedicated web hub.

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Tameside Story Makers

Tameside Story Makers has weekly storytelling sessions targeted at preschool-aged children.

Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Nottingham’s Joint Audit and Inspection Team (JAIT) was established in the autumn of 2019. The idea arose from an informal conversation between two senior colleagues from Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) about building safety.

Joint Inspection Team: a national fire safety inspection resource

The national Joint Inspection Team (JIT) was set up to assist councils in taking enforcement action against private landlords that were slow to remediate high-rise residential blocks with Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding.

London Borough of Camden and London Fire Brigade

Working together At Camden Council, initial information gathering, basic risk assessment and prioritising is done by one full-time principal environmental health officer (EHO), supported by their manager. Higher-risk buildings stay with the principal EHO for follow-up and enforcement, while lower risk buildings are monitored by the team of EHOs.

Playground offers gentle creative play sessions for babies

Artists are working in libraries and children’s centres to develop their creative practice for babies and their families.

Safer Cyber – Tackling online harms in Durham

Faced with an increase in online crime and harm across a range of themes including extremism, the Safe Durham Partnership chose to adopt ‘Tackling and Preventing Cyber Enabled Crime’ as one of their six partnership priorities.

Gloucestershire: Providing extra support to young families

Gloucestershire County Council is launching two new projects to target families with children under the age of five in the county’s most disadvantaged areas. 

Gateshead: Supporting residents with debt and financial problems

Gateshead has seen unemployment rates rise, but the council is working with its partners to provide targeted support to the most deprived communities in a variety of ways.

Lewisham: Working with partners to address food poverty

The London borough of Lewisham is making tackling food poverty a priority in the recovery from the pandemic.