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.

Arts and cultural commissioning at Kent County Council

The work began in 2012 with a series of events for arts practitioners and health-based commissioners to discuss joint working. This led to a £250,000 investment from the council’s public health and arts services, along with investment partners Artswork and Royal Opera House Bridge, for a pilot commission.

Using Liverpool City Council's cultural service to build city connections and generate income

A dedicated commercial team within Liverpool City Council’s cultural service has generated more than £6 million in cash and in-kind support in four years.

Efficiency and income generation

West Sussex Music Trust

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

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.

Erimus, boosting community cohesion, Middlesbrough

Volunteers devoted over 8000 hours to create a participatory dance show to launch the new Middlesbrough Town Hall. The project involved the whole town, boosting community cohesion and Smoggy pride.

Creating resilient place making through culture and heritage in Kirklees

Culturally, change has been driven by the textile industry, which has given rise to a diverse range of communities and music, an innovative reputation and a strong global brand. Kirklees is a real example of a place where business drives cultural activity.