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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Bristol City Council: Working with communities to provide welcoming spaces

As part of its approach to cost of living, Bristol City Council has created a network of more than 80 warm and accessible community-led spaces in established places of connection such as community centres, children’s centres and faith spaces, providing extra activities and capacity during the winter.

Cost of living

Staffordshire – a story to believe in

'We Are Staffordshire’ was built on a mission to ignite a collective pride in Staffordshire’s people and for that pride to put the county on the map as THE place to live, work, visit and study. Louisa Shaw, Place Brand Manager, provides further insight.

Communications support

Our City, Our World – sustainability, climate change and environmental education in Brighton & Hove schools

Schools work to integrate sustainability into all areas of their curriculum, develop processes to support net zero, plan for outdoor learning and nature connection and provide opportunities for young people, their families and communities to tackle climate action.

Enfield Council using technology to measure climate ambitions and strategies

London Borough of Enfield partnered with digital technology company OnePlanet to collaborate and develop the company’s existing sustainability platform to support the council to achieve their climate action targets.

Boilers on Prescription in Worcestershire County Council

Working in partnership, Worcestershire County Council, Warwickshire County Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council collaborated on a heating system replacement programme following a successful bid for £325,000 from National Energy Action’s Warm and Healthy Homes Fund.

Worcestershire’s Decarbonisation Portal

Worcestershire County Council declared a climate emergency in July 2021. Under the council’s Sustainability Policy, the council has committed to not only reducing their own operational carbon footprint but also to support businesses and other Worcestershire organisations to improve their environmental performance too.

LeDeR Managing Deterioration Programme: 'Good Health, Good Lives' for people with a learning disability

West and East Midlands ADASS with Herefordshire County Council, Lincolnshire County Council Nottinghamshire County Council and Walsall Metropolitan Borough Councils and supported living providers in the council areas developed a pilot project to work with supported living providers and partners in the NHS to help social care staff to identify the signs that someone with a learning disability is deteriorating and work with NHS staff to get the person the care they need in this situation.  

Creating a robust health inequity strategy in South East Essex: an evidence-based scoring tool for locality organisations

Inequity, the systematic difference in health outcomes of populations due to avoidable antecedent factors [1], can be reduced by redistributing public resources.

Ashfield District Council – discovering Ashfield and developing a narrative

This case study describes how we provided support to Ashfield District Council to develop a place narrative with the community at its heart.

Communications support

Birmingham City Council – emboldened to develop a place narrative

‘Be Bold, Be Birmingham’ was the memorable strapline that Birmingham City Council developed to promote its ‘2022 Commonwealth Games Proud Host City’ narrative. This case study explores how the council worked with this theme to promote civic pride and engage with all communities across the city.

Communications support