Design in the public sector

Delivered in a partnership between the LGA and the Design Council, the Design in Public Sector programme equips councils with design skills and techniques to apply to their toughest service challenges.


In the latest phase of the programme, 16 councils across England have been selected onto the Design in Public Sector programme to help address complex challenges and improve outcomes for their residents.

Northern cohort

Hull City Council – Enhancing disability short breaks for children and young people in SEND

Manchester City Council – Enhancing tools/techniques that are available to ‘eyes and ears’ staff and volunteers in the community

Salford City Council (in partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority) – Reducing the waste levy and improving recycling rates across Salford

Warrington Borough Council – Creating a vision for whole system’s community based prevention in Warrington for low risk adults

Southern cohort

Camden Council – Testing, learn and scale ways to improve daily lived experiences of a neighbourhood worst hit by violent crime

Cornwall Council – Establishing a spatial strategy to 2050 to address climate change and deliver sustainable growth locally

Croydon Council – Taking a strength based design approach to placements, brokerage workflows and processes to support adults with disabilities

London Borough Hammersmith and Fulham – Prevention and tackling of serious youth violence by taking a multi-, integrated, council and community led approach

Lewisham Council (in partnership with Camden Council, Haringey Council, Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster Council) – Developing a ‘Curriculum for London’ to deliver common skills sets and aptitude to successfully work and live

Merton Council – Better understanding domestic violence and abuse pathways and how it  can be more closely aligned with improved victim care

Wiltshire Council – Providing clear advice on planning applications to achieve a better outcome for the environment

The key elements of the programme are:

  • Builds design skills and capabilities within the council and across partners, to improve service outcomes
  • Delivers an accelerated learning experience for local authorities
  • Creates new insights and evidence to generate solutions
  • Enables new ways of working with partners and stakeholders
  • Encourages peer learning and development of regional support networks
  • Funded by the LGA, delivered by Design Council.

Here you will find resources that share the learning and examples of projects that the programme has helped councils with. This is via videos, case studies and blogs.