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Bristol – 20mph speed limits in areas of high health inequalities

Background The Marmot Review ‘Fair society, healthy lives' states that: "targeting [20 mph] zones in deprived residential areas would help lead to reductions in health inequalities".

Active Family Challenge (Bristol City Council

The project context The Active Family Challenge was set up to encourage children away from the TV and computer and increase their physical activity levels. It was also designed to provide research for Bristol City Council into gaps in services. It aimed to find out whether focusing on the whole family would increase activity.

Carnegie Weight Management, NHS Peterborough

Project context Carnegie Weight Management (CWM) concentrates on a new service commissioned by NHS Peterborough as part of its response to increases in childhood obesity. The city currently has one of the highest childhood obesity rates for Year 6 children.

Taxi! Walsall Council's service for cabbies

Project context About 1,500 people, predominantly men from Asian backgrounds, work as taxi drivers in Walsall. Research carried out for the project found that drivers faced a range of health and social problems. Drivers are often self-employed with extended family commitments. They tend to work long hours with busy periods over Christmas and Easter.

Saving through energy

'Blue Sky Peterborough' is a ground breaking project which will define the blueprint for sustainable energy management in a smart city environment. It is an iconic project which addresses the current political dilemma of both rising energy prices whilst providing access to regeneration and growth for the local economy through energy led funding solutions.

Efficiency and income generation

Bristol City Council: Bringing open data to life

The city has a thriving digital economy and large-scale ambitions to grow this further. The council has been prepared to invest, take risks around the digital agenda and be an early adopter of new technologies.

Data and transparency

Open data: North Somerset customer information portal and historic tourism data

Tourism is an increasingly important contributor to North Somerset's economy and this case study highlights how open data is enhancing the visitor experience to the area.

Data and transparency

Making council data and spending public

The ‘open data’ agenda places a duty on councils to make as much data available to the public as possible, including information on spending, accountability and performance. The London Borough of Redbridge was one of the first councils to adopt this policy.

Data and transparency