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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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Herefordshire’s response to increased incidence of Early Years Children with SEND - SEND Early Years and Inclusion

In Herefordshire we knew that we had rising numbers of EY children with SEND. Our ambition was to have an Early Years SEND service that encompasses a holistic approach to the early identification, support of, provision for and placement of Early Years children with SEND.

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Ashfield District Council: The DMA review

In this case study we hear from Theresa Hodgkinson, Chief Executive, at Ashfield District Council. Working with the LGA, Ashfield utilised the DMA review to develop their organisational structures.

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Westmorland & Furness' Climate Action Plan

As a new authority, Westmorland and Furness has made climate change a key priority from the outset. Its ambition is to provide leadership on climate change, for sustainable and inclusive growth, and work together with communities on the biggest challenge of our generation.

Rother District Council: Emerging opportunities for the rural economy in protected areas

Across the rural economy of Rother, a range of opportunities are emerging for businesses. The primary objective of this project was to understand how to leverage these opportunities to enhance the rural economy.

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Nottinghamshire County Council: Virtual work placement programme

Nottinghamshire County Council created a virtual work placement programme aimed to engage the future workforce, while reflecting the hybrid working of the current employees. 

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London Borough of Bexley: Using Tiny Happy People to support the home learning environment

Parents are children’s first teachers, but we know that many parents need support in this really important role if their child is to reach their full potential. The London Borough of Bexley are using the BBC’s Tiny Happy People (THP) resources universally across the Local Authority and with partners to share key messages and learning opportunities.

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Birmingham: Tailoring support to the LGBT community

Birmingham’s sexual health service works in partnership with the city’s leading LGBT charity to provide tailored support to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans community. There has been a dedicated sexual health clinic in place since 2015 and more recently the service has partnered with the substance misuse team to launch a Chemsex support service.

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Wiltshire Council: partnership T Level placements

Wiltshire Council hosted Health T Level industry placements in partnership with the Integrated Care Board to highlight the career opportunities available in social care.

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London Borough of Barnet: Developing a specialist team and tailored support services to best meet the needs of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children

Barnet has increasing numbers of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC) moving into their area, all needing tailored support from social, welfare and educational services up to the age of 25. Based on experience, the council is developing a specialist team particularly skilled and experienced to work with UASC. This team has identified gaps in UASC support locally, such as educational engagement and access to finances, and has taken steps to address these.

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Castle Point Borough Council: Utilising the DMA approach to create efficient organisational structures

Castle Point Borough Council's challenge was to create effective and efficient structures as part of their organisation review. The council achieved this through using the Decision-Making Accountability (DMA) approach, as part of their organisation review and an opportunity for their employees to engage during this process.

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