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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Lewes District Food Partnership: Partnering with Lewes District Council to develop a food security strategy

Lewes District Council have recently committed to developing a district wide food security strategy, in conjunction with their Lewes District Food Partnership and Emergency Food Network.

Colchester Borough Council: Cost of living campaign targeted at street level

Colchester Borough Council launched a cost of living campaign in July 2022 to support the residents of Colchester who may be facing financial hardship through rising energy, food and fuel costs.

Improving local skills and knowledge in achieving zero carbon housing (City of York)

City of York Council announced its intention to deliver 100% zero carbon homes on all future sites in 2019.

South Kesteven District Council: Customising COVID-19 ARG funding to support business growth, diversification & resilience

South Kesteven District Council allocated £1.2m of it’s Central Government ARG COVID-19 Grant Allocation to create a grant scheme based around supporting new and existing businesses to diversify and enable them to be more resilient in the future.

London Borough of Southwark: Step-by-Step

Step-by-Step is a Southwark Council initiative to test different approaches to managing debt to the Council – including council tax debt. Where residents volunteer to participate, the Council will immediately suspend all recovery and enforcement action for a period to allow arrangements to be set in place. Under the latest pilots, Step-by-Step also offers debtors access to free, independent debt advice available by phone or online.

Cost of living

London Borough of Merton: Community Fridge & Food Response Network

From October 2021 - May 2022, Merton’s Community Fridge Network saved over 27,200kg of food from going to waste, equivalent to 58,600 meals and 77,300kg of CO2.

Cost of living

Bradford: Promoting good oral health

Bradford council commissioned a specialist team to promote good oral health in children by working in primary schools, community events and private nurseries.

Bristol: Tackling youth crime and exploitation

Bristol City Council set up a programme to tackle youth crime and exploitation in a partnership between the council, police, schools and voluntary sector which provides a range of support to vulnerable children.

Cherwell: Getting children and their families active

A team of youth ambassadors led a project in the Oxfordshire district of Cherwell to get children from its most deprived neighbourhoods active. 

North Somerset: Giving children the healthiest start in life

North Somerset has launched programmes targeting issues such as nutrition, healthy weight and oral health for children.