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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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Lancashire: new approaches to empowerment, cohesion and equalities

Lancashire County Council's Equalities and Cohesion team has designed a toolkit to help officers to consider the equality implications of prioritised activities and set actions to narrow the gaps between different groups of people.

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Participatory appraisal in South Tyneside neighbourhoods

Neighbourhood appraisal and action planning in South Tyneside: piloting a participatory appraisal approach Summary

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Salford: regenerating the inner city

The Seedley and Langworthy Trust (SALT) is a community-driven development trust. The trust works in partnership with Salford City Council, statutory organisations and other partners in an inner city area of Salford that is being regenerated. SALT aims to strengthen community ties and encourage local residents to play an active role in improving the quality of life in their area.

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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.

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Southwark Council: the 'Choice and Liveability' street improvements project

Southwark Council's ‘Choice and Liveability' project is an example of how councils can involve residents in street improvements. The project was a pilot that involved just four streets. However, as it worked well, the council has now committed to funding similar neighbourhood consultations for all future street improvements.

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Transforming Neighbourhoods

Transforming Neighbourhoods was a two-year programme of research, innovation and practical action carried out by the Young Foundation, with support from the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), between April 2005 and March 2007.

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The evolution of a neighbourhood management service

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham This article is the first in a series that will follow the progress made by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham towards a new, borough-wide neighbourhood management (NM) service.

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Community engagement in South Somerset

With Rina Singh, Deputy Chief Executive, South Somerset District Council.

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Ward co-ordination in Manchester


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Empowering communities in South Somerset

South Somerset District Council has a history of successful community engagement and has achieved national recognition through the Beacon Scheme.

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