Productivity Experts programme

The LGA's Productivity Experts programme supports councils to make efficiency savings against a backdrop of decreasing funding and increasing demand for services. It offers direct bespoke advice and support to councils to help them deliver efficiency savings or income generation.


The aims of the Productivity Experts programme are to:

  • provide external challenge, mentoring and advice to officer(s) or member(s) to deliver efficiencies or income generation
  • support approaches that will boost productivity within a council
  • work with councils who may subsequently supply the ‘experts' of the future, to provide a model for ongoing sector-led support and challenge.

Councils are invited to apply to the programme to access £7,000 grant funding to commission support from one of the LGA's ‘pool' of productivity experts.

Results to date

Since 2012, the LGA has supported productivity work across 90 councils, contributing to over £150 million of efficiency savings or income generation for these councils.

Councils have used the Productivity Expert programme to:

  • save £2.3 million working with a contract renegotiation expert (Allerdale Borough Council)
  • develop traded services and a business management programme delivering savings of £16 million (Leeds City Council)
  • assist in the development of a new efficiency plan for children's services identifying £6 million of achievable savings to 2019 (Shropshire County Council)
  • set up a shared ICT service making a combined net saving of £6 million per year across the three councils involved (Teignbridge District Council).

    Who are the Productivity Experts?

    The LGA has recruited a ‘pool' of productivity experts who can provide support across a range of issues. They could be from another council, public sector organisation or the private sector and would have experience in implementing a similar approach to what you are trying to achieve.

    All of the experts have a proven ability to work with councils and deliver results.

    Productivity Experts programme case studies

    Find out how councils have used our productivity experts to improve services while reducing costs and increasing income.

    Read the latest case studies

    Programme evaluation

    An external evaluation of the Productivity Experts’ Programme was carried out in 2016. Apteligen, the research company, used a robust methodology to assess how the Programme was working for the sector. It found that from 2012-2016, £131 million worth of savings was achieved from the programme. Projects which involved the following skill areas were proven to be the most successful: commercialisation, contract renegotiation, governance, and developing new service delivery models.

    Download the full report

    Further information

    For an informal discussion about the Productivity Experts programme please contact:

    Grace Abel
    07825 726273
    productivity@local.gov.uk