Innovation

Digital innovation could bring over £1 trillion to local economies by 2030 says report

11/10/2021

Local and regional authorities should be given greater capabilities to facilitate digital innovation in their area, to bring more than £1 trillion of added value to local economies, according to a new report.

Village hall to be used to house homeless

10/09/2021

A village hall will be converted into homes for the homeless in a scheme that is thought to be a first in the UK.

Pilot phase launched for government-backed 'value toolkit'

29/04/2021

The Construction Innovation Hub has launched the pilot phase for its 'Value Toolkit', designed to drive better social, environmental, and economic outcomes in the built environment.

London councils awarded £150,000 for digital projects

17/02/2021

Two local authority digital projects in London aimed at making smarter use of data have been awarded £75,000 each.

Councils need funding to maintain data innovations, says report

04/02/2021

Local government needs increased investment to ensure recent data-driven innovations are maintained, a new report has argued.

More than ever, UK businesses require help to be innovative

09/09/2020

Jessica Antley explains why Worcestershire County Council has set up a new platform to drive crowd innovation across the county.

Fostering innovation in UK local councils

08/07/2020

Giles K Bailey and Dr Ali Ahmad call on councils to bring the brightest and best minds together in order to develop creative solutions to the challenges they face.

Luton forced into unavoidable cuts

17/06/2020

Luton BC’s boss has said the council has done all it can but has no other choice than to cut 365 jobs and frontline services.

Whitehall announces £3.4m investment in wireless charging tech

17/01/2020

The Government has announced that it is investing £3.4m in wireless charging technology trials at taxi ranks in Nottingham.

Half of local government workers worry about redundancy as a result of cuts

14/11/2019

Around 50% of local government workers worry that they could be made redundant by technological innovation or Government cuts, a survey has revealed.

Is innovation too risky for local government?

24/09/2019

Professor Stephen P Osborne examines the role of ‘risk’ in public service innovation.

Future of work survey to inform thinking

19/08/2019

Local government workers have been invited to take part in a new survey on the future of work.

Councils urged to apply for £7.5m digital innovation fund

19/08/2019

The Government has invited local authorities to apply for funding to help explore how digital technology can boost frontline services.

Three UK cities up for European Capital of Innovation 2019

07/08/2019

Three UK cities have made the shortlist for receiving the title of European Capital of Innovation 2019.

Over £1m awarded to ‘innovative data projects’

09/04/2019

The winners of a competition designed to find the most innovative data projects out there will receive a share of a £1.5m fund, the Government has announced.

Review finds lack of due diligence over council's commercial workspace project

21/03/2019

King’s Lynn & West Norfolk BC should ‘build on the lessons learned’ from the construction of a state-of-the-art commercial workspace, the council’s chief executive has said.

Should councils embrace 'disruptive innovation'?

03/08/2018

Mark Whitehead considers if local authorities should appoint 'public entrepreneurs' to help drive forward innovation in the sector.

Innovation: time to match words with action

10/07/2018

Stephen Smith calls on local authorities to challenge businesses to innovate, rather than buying products based purely on cost and availability.

A BT first: see Baron Heseltine in action

02/07/2018

A BT first: BT recently co-hosted the inaugural Chamberlain Lecture, featuring a keynote speech by The Rt Hon. the Lord Heseltine CH.

£1m social care digital fund announced

14/05/2018

Councils who come up with innovative uses of digital technology in the delivery of adult social care will be able to apply for a share of a new £1m fund.

Projects training women to be community leaders awarded £600,000

11/04/2018

Over £600,000 has been awarded by the Government to eight schemes, including projects that train women to become leaders in their communities.

Councils urged to adopt a ‘changemaking’ approach

04/01/2018

A think tank has warned that a radical cultural shift is needed in local government rather than the rigid redesign of structures.

Are councils really afraid to innovate?

02/10/2017

Is local government really too risk-averse and cautious to be truly transformational? William Eichler investigates.

Hull named ‘most enterprising place in Britain’

22/09/2017

Birmingham has had to give up its crown as Hull replaces the west Midlands city as the most enterprising place in Britain.

Public health teams urged to join ‘design thinking’ programme

17/08/2017

Forward thinking councils are being urged to apply for the Design in the Public Sector programme to help tackle public health challenges.

Funding announced to foster innovation in public services

10/08/2017

A community gardening scheme, improvements in ambulance services and a plan to tackle the effects of climate change are among projects aimed at fostering public sector innovation in Wales.

Local authorities should not be ‘embarrassed by failure’, think tank argues

29/03/2017

Councils should make more use of pilots and trials to test innovative policy ideas and not be embarrassed about sharing failures, report says.

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The Brownfield Land Release Fund

To what extent does this early initiative of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities deliver on the ‘levelling up’ agenda? Lawrence Turner reports.
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