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Rutland: Resurrecting an Early Years and Childcare Strategy

This case study describes the process of resurrecting the Early Years and Childcare Strategy in Rutland.  The process was supported by the LGA (funded by the DFE), and it engaged a total of 12 LAs in a process to support the best coordination of services, legal compliance and improved outcomes for children and families.

Bradford Council: Young People’s Entrepreneurial Support Research

Bradford Council commissioned a piece of research on entrepreneurial support for young people in Bradford district, with the aim of understanding what appetite there is amongst them to start their own business or to become self-employed and how support might be best delivered to ensure there is an inclusive, accessible offer for them.

Worcestershire County Council: A Strategic Plan for Visit Worcestershire

Worcestershire County Council have undertaken the development of a tourism strategy to aid economic recovery and growth by undertaking research to understand and develop its tourism offer. Developing a branding strategy also underpins this work in order to promote what Worcestershire is known for more widely and to attract new visitors to the county and make the visitor economy a success.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council: Developing a learning and skills strategy for 14–25 year olds

Stoke-on-Trent City Council are undertaking the development of a learning and skills strategy for 14-25 year olds in the city. With support from a consultant as part of the LGA’s Economic Growth Advisers programme, the council is undertaking a review to map the economic and employer skill needs in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire and provide more opportunities for young people to study and work in the area.

Performance management at Cheshire West and Chester Council

This case study describes how Cheshire West and Chester Council developed a revised performance management framework (PMF) alongside its new council plan.

Performance management

Performance management at High Peak Borough Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

This case study describes how High Peak Borough Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council have embedded performance management at all levels within both councils.

Performance management

Performance management in ‘for-benefit’ civic enterprises

This case study highlights important factors to consider in the governance and performance management of civic enterprises.

Performance management

Performance management at Basildon Borough Council

This case study explores how Basildon Borough Council developed a positive performance management culture based on transparency, ‘no blame’, and ownership of the process across all levels of the organisation.

Performance management

Performance management at Rochdale Borough Council

This case study explains how Rochdale Borough Council is working to develop an organisational culture that maximises the benefits of data and performance management.

Performance management

Wellbeing support for councillors - Middlesbrough Council

Being a councillor is both a privilege and a tremendous responsibility and, as high-profile members of the community, councillors may experience abuse of varying severity during their term of office.

Councillor development