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East Riding of Yorkshire: provides sport, play, arts and leisure services inhouse

East Riding of Yorkshire Council provides its sport, play and arts service and its leisure service inhouse. Other models have been considered and trialled in the past, such as outsourcing, but the services demonstrate high levels of success under the in-house mechanism.

Create Gloucestershire: making arts ‘everyday’ for local people

Create Gloucestershire is a consortium of arts and cultural organisations and individuals working together to make arts ‘everyday’ for local people.

Bradford City Council – planning public library services to meet local needs

In 2013, Bradford Libraries commissioned a review of its library service. This was a major piece of work and involved considerable consultation with library users and non-users and other stakeholders.

Manchester City Council – The Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre

The Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre opened in February 2016 – a new-build, combined facility in Levenshulme, which cost £9.1 million.

West Sussex Music Trust

West Sussex Music Trust, the county’s music education hub, is a not-for-profit company with charitable status.

Suffolk library service

Suffolk’s library service is provided by an industrial and provident society, with Suffolk County Council’s role as expert commissioner.

‘Explore York Libraries and Archives Mutual’ – an industrial and provident society with charitable status

Explore is a mutual organisation which runs library services on behalf of the City of York Council.

Efficiency and income generation

Creativity Works – a local charity using creativity as a catalyst for personal and social development in Bath and North East Somerset

Creativity Works provides self-support groups and peer-led networks to support mental health in Bath and North East Somerset.

Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture – providing an efficient means of safeguarding services for East Lindsey’s communities

Magna Vitae is a specially created charitable trust which runs leisure, culture and health-related services on behalf of East Lindsey District Council.

Efficiency and income generation

A new delivery model for Peterborough City Council's library service

In Peterborough, a new delivery model for the city’s library service has reduced its cost by over 20 per cent while increasing public access by 50 per cent.

Efficiency and income generation