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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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.

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.

Mainstreaming empowerment across Brighton and Hove

Residents' involvement in the design of a small branch library on the outskirts of Brighton has been an inspiration for the LSP. This case study shows how the council, along with other partners across the city, has developed a city-wide approach to engagement activities.

Library service redesign - North Yorkshire County Council

Following an extensive period of public consultation in 2014/15 about proposed changes to the North Yorkshire County Council Library Service the decision was made in July 2015 to implement the strategy.

Peterborough's 'Open+'

Peterborough's 'Open+' initiative allows all ten of their libraries remain open, and for longer hours than they were before. They have achieved this using technology called Open+ from Bibliotheca which allows Peterborough to keep their libraries open with no staff at particular times.

Efficiency and income generation

WV active (Wolverhampton City Council)

An MJ award-winning initiative in the City of Wolverhampton to keep leisure centres in house but run on a more commercial footing

Sleaford, Lincolnshire – Walking trail

A unique trail of cast bronze roundels maps out a walking route past public artworks, landmarks and points of interest in the Lincolnshire town of Sleaford.  

Camerata in the Community programme, Manchester

Manchester Camerata, one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras, works within health and social care to make music with community groups across Greater Manchester.   

Music education hub - Brighton & Hove City Council

SoundCity is a music education hub led by Brighton & Hove City Council’s Music and Arts Service, which brings together all the city’s leading music organisations.