LG Challenge

Now in its 11th year, the Local Government Challenge seeks out the best and brightest local government officers to compete in a series of real-life challenges around the country.

LG Challenge 2020

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Now in its eleventh year, the Local Government Challenge seeks out the best and brightest local government officers to compete in a series of real-life challenges around the country.

Ambitious problem solvers who are passionate about delivering the best for the residents they serve, LG Challenge contestants will come up with innovative solutions to the challenges faced by local government.

Applications are now closed for LG Challenge 2020. Successful applicants will be announced soon.

Starting in January 2020 over a six month period, 10 budding contestants will tackle five tough real-life challenges in councils across the country, spanning amongst others, front line, financial, creative and community engagement areas. As a powerful development opportunity, they will develop and hone their leadership and political management skills, business acumen and presentation techniques whilst gaining invaluable media experience – all with the aim to deliver better services for the local community. 

With the opportunity to be awarded the prestigious £10,000 Bruce-Lockhart scholarship, the winner will have a unique opportunity to translate their very own ideas into a reality. By participating in the challenge, contestants access an exclusive opportunity to make a real and long lasting impact in their area, as well as give their CV a substantial edge.

Want to find out what LG Challenge can do for you? Discover more from the 10 previous cohorts in our recently launched yearbook which recognises the achievements of the contestants who have taken part in the past 10 years and celebrates the positive impact that the Local Government Challenge has had on their careers.


If your council is interested in hosting a challenge for the 2020 cohort please email lgchallenge@local.gov.uk