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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Erewash Borough Council

Helping people through the recession Erewash Borough Council has been working with partners to help local people through the recession. It aims to ensure that residents with money worries or mortgage problems know how to get the support that's available.

Evidence for contribution of CTS to economy

This is a list of validated national and international evidence that may support your outcomes triangle and logic model for the economy.

London Borough of Havering

Havering's housing triage system The number of people approaching London Borough of Havering's Housing team as homeless has doubled in a year. But the council has a range of initiatives to help them secure new accommodation.

Performance indicators: measuring the contribution of culture and sport to local economy

The following examples suggest ideas to help you create a culture and sport outcomes framework for an economic theme.

Sevenoaks District Council

Sevenoaks' holistic housing agency One effect of the recession is that private landlords are making more homes available to council tenants. This is something that Sevenoaks District Council is using in its efforts to prevent homelessness.

Survey of flexible working in local authorities (2006)

This survey into flexible working in local authorities in England, Northern Ireland and Wales looks at the take-up of flexible working, use of mobile technology, and gauges plans for extension of policies and practice.

Research

Other projects across the country

Swale Borough Council – photographic walks An example of using photography to engage local people in examining and appreciating their local environment is from Swale Borough Council. ‘Roaming Perspectives' is a programme of photographic walks on the Isle of Sheppey.

Arts case studies

Understanding the value of arts in Essex (PDF, 6 pages, 183KB)

Local Innovation Awards Scheme for councils

The Local Innovation Awards Scheme (LIA scheme) is a prestigious scheme that recognises excellence in local government. It was set up to disseminate best practice in service delivery throughout local government.

Pathfinder projects

In April 2005, a number of local authorities in England embarked on a two-year pilot programme, jointly initiated by the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The aim was to highlight innovation, learning and transferability in using culture to support partnership working in the shared priority areas.