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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Leicester City Council – involving local residents

Leicester City Council and its partners have used community involvement in regenerating housing and the neighbourhood on the Braunstone Estate

Use business improvement techniques to transform services

Using Business Process Improvement (BPI) techniques, LEAN or Systems Thinking has helped a number of local authorities in the West Midlands to transform their services. The programme is anticipated to save the region of £30 million over five years, while delivering improved customer services

Efficiency and income generation

Darlington Borough Council – Open spaces strategy

Summary Planners at Darlington Borough Council have produced an Open Spaces strategy. It prioritises improving the quality of open spaces close to areas of multiple deprivation to help reduce health inequalities.

Manchester, practice based commissioning (PBC) developed into three hubs

Manchester has some of the most challenging health problems in the country. Life expectancy is amongst the lowest in England, and compared with national averages people are more likely to die from cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease and accidents. There is a wide health gap between the city and the country as a whole.

Sheffield makes an annual saving of 21,000 tonnes of carbon emissions

Sheffield has one of the largest district energy networks in the UK, feeding leisure facilities, council buildings, universities and homes.

Active Family Challenge (Bristol City Council

The project context The Active Family Challenge was set up to encourage children away from the TV and computer and increase their physical activity levels. It was also designed to provide research for Bristol City Council into gaps in services. It aimed to find out whether focusing on the whole family would increase activity.