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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.

Generating Income from Uncommercialised Land with Pop Ups

Local authorities have reported a 17% decline in spending on public services since 2010 due to funding cuts. Cornwall Council established the pop up business scheme as a new way to generate income on uncommercialised council assets. This case study explores how the pop ups have generated income for the council and provided support to the local community and businesses.

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.

Local Government Climate Action: Declaring a Climate Emergency and Practical Next Steps for Local Authorities

300 councils in the UK have now declared a climate emergency, but only 100 have climate action plans. We heard from Paul O’Brien, Chief Executive of the Association for Public Service Excellence, about the value in climate action plans and the priorities that should be set in them.

How Can Local Authorities Work Towards Green Recovery?

Leaders within local authorities must play their part in tackling climate change. This report acts a guide for local authorities, sharing advice on best practice and practical steps to combat climate change. Themes covered include: electric vehicles, town planning, biodiversity and much more.

How Sevenoaks District Council Overcame Funding Constraints

Local Government budgets are shrinking while costs and demand continue to rise. This case study shares insights from Cllr Peter Fleming, Leader of Sevenoaks District Council and Chair of the LGA Improvement and Innovation Board on their inventive funding strategy.

Returning to the Office: A Guide for Employers

Employers are welcoming their employees back into the office as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. To make this transition as safe as possible, many things need to be considered. This report acts a guide for employers on how to best prepare for the return to the office, as well as how to best install hybrid and flexible working.

Reducing Local Government Reliance on Temporary Work Contracts

As of March 2021 45,3% of those employed in Local Government worked on a temporary or casual contract. Only 26.2% of staff were employed on a permanent basis. This case study examines North Yorkshire County Council’s Effective Integrating Resources Strategy and how the strategy helped reduce spending on agency staff by over £3.5 million.

Tech in Local Government: Overcoming Digital Poverty and Supporting the Economy

The ONS and Ofcom have ranked Devon as the UK’s sixth worst place for digital connectivity. Cllr Neil Jory of West Devon Borough Council shared the council’s methods for improving efficient broadband installation services to tackle digital poverty in the area.

Tech in Local Government: How to Practically Embed Intelligent Automation

Robotic Processing Automation (RPA) is a tool that can be used to eliminate tedious tasks, freeing workers to focus on higher value work. Keith McDdowell, RPA Manager at Norfolk County Council shared how RPA has enhanced workflow, and how it can be incorporated into other public services.

Tech in Local Government: Delivering Better, Cheaper Services for Local Government

In 2012, the Government's Digital Strategy introduced 'Digital by Default' with the aim of embedding digital methods into all local government services. Phil Rumen from LocalGov Digital and West Berkshire Council discussed how Digital by Default has been a driver for change in local government.

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.

Digital Inclusion: Ensuring Accessible Digital Services

Robin Christopherson MBE and Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet, discussed ways of ensuring digital services are accessible for people living with disabilities and impairments.

Digital Inclusion: Lessons From Libraries on Inclusivity

Dr Kira Allman, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford and Lead at the Oxfordshire Digital Inclusion Project, spoke to us about the lessons we can learn from libraries in meeting the digital needs of digitally excluded groups.

Digital Inclusion: Delivering Digital Skills and Services at a Local Level

Dr Alice Mathers is Head of Research at the Good Things Foundation spoke to us about delivering digital skills and services at a local level.

Crisis Communications in the Public Sector: Communicating During Covid-19

Jennifer Sproul from the Institute of Internal Communications spoke about the task of communicating internal information during Covid-19.

Crisis Communications in the Public Sector: Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Kate Betts MCIPR from Capital B Media spoke about the common pitfalls in crisis communication and ways to avoid them.

Mental Health First Aid: Equipping Staff With Effective Training

With people spending a third of their time at work MHFA focus on transforming workplace mental health. This allows employees to not only support their mental health and their colleague's wellbeing but enables them to take the skills back home to look after friends and family.

Equality Act 2010: Handbook for Advisers

A guide from the EHRC of the Equality Act 2010.