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Using Innovative Methods to Raise Local Government Funds

In recent years, Local Government budgets are increasingly stretched with the costs and demand for services continually rising. We heard from Joseph Holmes, Executive Director of Resources at West Berkshire Council about how the council has developed the UK’s first Community Municipal Investment to generate funding.

How Sevenoaks District Council Have Made Greener Investments to Create Self-Sufficient Income

Local authorities have faced several years of funding cuts, with Covid-19 only exacerbating financial pressures further. Peter Fleming, leader of Sevenoaks District Council shared with us how the council has acted on plans developed before the pandemic to improve council revenue to retain the self-sufficiency the council achieved in 2016.

Turning Leisure Facilities into Income Streams for Local Government

In September 2020 only 56% of leisure facilities had reopened after lockdown restrictions were lifted, mainly due to their economic unviability. This case study looks at how South Kesteven District Council reopened their leisure facilities and switched management plans. This change made their leisure facilities economically viable and opened up an income stream for the council.

Public Sector Estates: Redeveloping and Releasing Surplus Land to Generate Income

LocatED find, buy, and manage sites for new schools whilst working with commercial developers to repurpose surplus land. Lara Newman presented the work of LocatED, sharing the benefits of repurposing surplus land through presenting the recent development projects of LocatED.

Public Sector Estates: Developing a Commercial Approach to Estate Management

Nottingham University has one of the largest estates in the education sector and effective management of the institution requires careful planning, Linda Goodacre discussed the strategy of the university, outlining their priorities, as well as offering tips for the planning of future funding opportunities.

Public Sector Estates: Meeting Net Zero through Strategic Estate Management

The UK Government has a target to achieve at least 50% reduction in carbon emissions across the public sector estate by 2032. Christine St John Cox and Stuart Burrows offered insights into the decarbonisation of the public sector estate and how this mission aligns with new forms of estate management.