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Shropshire: Using big data, we're making social care a growth driverSubscription

20 March, 2019 By Andy Begley

Shropshire Council is using large datasets to shape the social care and health market.

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West Sussex: Building our publicly owned, subsidy free solar farmSubscription

13 March, 2019 By Siobhan Walker

Photovoltaic panels and battery storage provide commercially viable energy for the county.

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How our housing deal helps meet Oxfordshire’s growth challengeSubscription

8 March, 2019 By Caroline Green

The deal is challenging all the county’s authorities to work together on housing to produce lasting results, while ensuring good growth.

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Sunderland: We're building a test bed for assistive technologiesSubscription

22 February, 2019 By Dave Young

Residents of 5,500 homes will benefit from a rollout of smart tech devices intended to promote independence and wellbeing.

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South London: Our impact bond transfers risk to social investorsSubscription

14 February, 2019 By Terry Clark

At a time councils struggle to fund early intervention, a group of London authorities has devised a model of support to keep children out of care, potentially saving £18m and improving life chances.

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Bracknell Forest: Man’s best friend can save care services moneySubscription

14 January, 2019 By Hannah Doherty

A key aim of our transformation review of adult social care services is to make the care people receive more centred on their individual goals, letting them maximise their independence and lead more fulfilling lives. Faced with increasing demand for social care and a need to make savings, we looked at innovative ways to transform the support we provide to vulnerable residents.

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Leeds: Why Channel 4 chose our city region for its HQSubscription

8 January, 2019 By Tom Riordan

It made perfect sense to bid for the new Channel 4 national headquarters.

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Rotherham: How we turned around failing children's servicesSubscription

27 November, 2018 By Sharon Kemp

After significant failure, a methodical approach, leadership and partnerships overhauled Rotherham’s inadequate service.

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Luton BC: How we became an employer of choiceSubscription

16 November, 2018 By , Angela Claridge

To fulfil our ambitions for the people of Luton we must excite, recruit and retain the best talent in an increasingly competitive labour market.

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Liverpool: Losing central school funding taught us to be boldSubscription

13 November, 2018 By Mike Horne

Eight years ago, we picked up the pieces of our bid to have 24 schools in Liverpool rebuilt or renovated

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Buckinghamshire CC: A unified strategy let us find and keep teachersSubscription

26 October, 2018 By Lorna Fisher

Mapping actions, gathering data and creating a strategy board boosted teacher recruitment and retention in the county

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Cheshire East: Why we've set out a member/staff behaviour codeSubscription

19 October, 2018 By Kath O'Dwyer

After an LGA report found evidence of bullying, Cheshire East engaged staff to redefine workplace culture and behaviour

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Tracey Lee: How Plymouth rebuilt confidence after electoral failureSubscription

1 October, 2018 By Tracey Lee

After electoral errors prevented 200 people from voting, Plymouth City Council reviewed and fixed the problems, with broader benefits for the council’s services.

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Will Tuckley: How our Brexit commission aids Tower HamletsSubscription

25 September, 2018 By

London Borough aims to provide the most comprehensive understanding yet of the likely cross-sector impact of Brexit on a single place

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Dorset's pollination plan protects wildlife and cuts costsSubscription

21 September, 2018 By Annabel King

The pollinator action plan helps protect wildlife and saves verge maintenance costs

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Waltham Forest: Making our Mini Holland improved air quality Subscription

10 September, 2018 By Michele Moloney

Poor air quality is a major public health issue and the figures are stark – 9,500 people die prematurely each year in London due to air pollution.

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South Norfolk: How District Direct helps patients get homeSubscription

3 September, 2018 By

As we shift our services to being delivered around people and place, some of the traditional models of who does what are increasingly being blurred.

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Notting Hill Carnival: How local government helps it happenSubscription

24 August, 2018 By Sue Harris

Kensington and Chelsea RBC collaborates with organisers while minimising disruption for residents


Walsall: Use the apprenticeship levy to meet workforce needsSubscription

16 August, 2018 By Helena Baxter

Driven by the opportunities presented by the apprenticeship levy, Walsall MBC has been implementing a new phase in its apprenticeship programme.

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Swindon BC: Rooting regeneration in the city's railway heritageSubscription

3 August, 2018 By Paul Chamberlain

Swindon BC has ambitious plans for town centre regeneration rooted in its historic role in Brunel’s Great Western Railway.


Hertfordshire: We chose to develop, not sell offSubscription

20 July, 2018 By Owen Mapley

As well as generating money for frontline public services, the move lets the council influence what good quality place-shaping, infrastructure and design look like

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How shared values and partnership help Luton tackle extremismSubscription

28 June, 2018 By Nicola Monk

A comprehensive approach pairs the government’s Prevent strategy with local partnerships

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Idea Exchange: How Swindon boosted voter turnout in ID pilotSubscription

15 June, 2018 By Phil Avery, Owen Mapley

A concerted communications campaign helped ensure a potentially controversial scheme actually bolstered voter engagement

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How Norwich initiated the largest Passivhaus building programmeSubscription

5 June, 2018 By Laura McGillivray

It is hoped the construction of Passivhaus homes will reap benefits for residents and council alike, as chief executive Laura McGillivray explains

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Idea Exchange: Why Suffolk set up an in-house mediation serviceSubscription

1 June, 2018 By Sally Marlow, Helen Muddock

In-house mediation is helping resolve differences early and reduce the use of formal grievance procedures, report Sally Marlow and Helen Muddock

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Aylesbury Vale: How property is giving us financial securitySubscription

21 May, 2018 By Teresa Lane

Aylesbury Vale beleives its entrepreneurialism in the property market will help ensure financial stability

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Idea Exchange: How we’re cutting HIV diagnoses in LondonSubscription

10 May, 2018

Paul Steinberg explains how the London HIV Prevention Programme, funded by London boroughs and led on their behalf by Lambeth LBC, is helping cut diagnoses in the capital

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Trevor Holden: How we are using our airport to transform our townSubscription

27 April, 2018 By

Luton BC is harnessing the power of the town’s airport to improve the lives of its residents, as chief executive Trevor Holden explains


Trafford MBC: Why we've abolished library finesSubscription

23 April, 2018 By Sarah Curran

Sarah Curran, head of customer service at Trafford MBC, explains how it’s hoped axing library fines will encourage more people to use services

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Tower Hamlets: Why our £105m town hall will save moneySubscription

19 April, 2018 By Ann Sutcliffe

Ann Sutcliffe, acting corporate director (place) at Tower Hamlets LBC, explains how plans for a new town hall for the borough will generate both cost savings and stronger links with the local community.

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Idea Exchange: How we became LGC’s Council of the YearSubscription

3 April, 2018 By

Barking & Dagenham’s work to shape and improve its residents’ futures