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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COVID-19 case studies

Councils are doing remarkable work to address the challenges brought by coronavirus. Good council practice related to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found on our dedicated web hub.

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South Kesteven District Council - Transfer of leisure service to council

The council had previously assessed the leisure management options on the expiry of its leisure contract, and had decided to extend the contract in place for a period of 15 months in order to procure a new contract arrangement. As a result of COVID-19 this position proved unviable, as the council were providing significant financial support to their contractor, and a procurement during the pandemic was not likely to produce a beneficial result. The council therefore reassessed the options available, and as a result Cabinet agreed to transfer the leisure service to a wholly-owned council company called LeisureSK Ltd.

Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure - Fit, Fed and Read

The programme aims to tackle holiday hunger, isolation, and inactivity during the school holidays. It focuses on children aged 5 to 11 years old who are eligible for free school meals. Children are referred to the programme by their schools and other agencies. This case study is part of the achieving efficiencies section of our online culture hub.

Efficiency and income generation

How private and public sectors can work together for the benefit of the wider community and its economy

How a private-sector approach by Coventry City Council transformed the financial performance of Coombe Country Park for not only the benefit of its users, but the wider community too.

Staffordshire Libraries Online History Festival

Staffordshire Library and Arts Service’s annual history festival, which usually involves over 100 events in libraries across the County went entirely online as a result of the Covid pandemic.

Financial impact of COVID-19 on parks and green spaces - Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a wide-ranging impact on the parks service at Walsall.

Financial impact of COVID-19 on parks and green spaces - Plymouth City Council

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an extensive impact on the parks service at Plymouth City Council.

Financial impact of COVID-19 on parks and green spaces - Rugby Borough Council

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the parks service at Rugby Borough Council.

Financial impact of COVID-19 on parks and green spaces - Nottingham City Council

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the parks service at Nottingham City Council.

Financial impact of COVID-19 on parks and green spaces - Leeds City Council

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the parks service at Leeds City Council.

Financial impact of COVID-19 on parks 2020-21 - case study key findings

During the COVID-19 pandemic, parks proved their status as lifelines for local communities. The loss of external income due to the closure of income generating facilities in parks and the loss of in kind volunteer contributions have left parks services in a vulnerable state.