Best Practice

A new tool for sustainable living

By Gareth Williams | May 26, 2022

Buckinghamshire Council is proud to be the first council in the UK to use the official app guiding users towards living sustainably in support of the United Nations ACTNOW for climate change campaign. Gareth Williams explains.

  • Putting people at the heart of place

    By Jason Longhurst | May 25, 2022

    As Ilkley is named the best place to live in the UK, Jason Longhurst says Bradford City Council’s work with the town is part of a district-wide strategy that benefits people across the area.

  • Sharing a passion for supported internships

    By Edwina Grant | May 18, 2022

    Edwina Grant shares her experience of supporting young people with autism and learning disabilities at Lancashire CC, and her belief in the importance of other councils and companies getting involved with the transition to work programme.

  • Fostering a foundation for the future

    By Miranda Gittos | May 10, 2022

    As Foster Care Fortnight begins, Miranda Gittos explains how Hertfordshire CC’s pioneering and successful Mockingbird Programme is providing a life-changing support system.

  • Taking Integrated Care Systems to the next level

    By Phil Hope | May 3, 2022

    Phil Hope of the Health Devolution Commission looks at emerging best practice approaches for Integrated Care Systems, including five key financial design principles that reflect collaboration rather than competition.


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