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A learning network for local government dedicated to partnership-working and community-led, place-based regeneration


  • Sharing the latest research

  • Fostering innovative best and next practice

  • Supporting peer-learning and collaboration


The new national network for neighbourhood improvement is being incubated by Local Trust during 2024, supported by New Local.

It builds on the learnings from local government pioneers, evidence from past regeneration programmes, and the recent experience of the Big Local programme: a first-of-its-kind initiative that puts power, resources and decision- making into the hands of local communities to enable them to transform and improve their lives and areas.

It is aimed at those officers working in local government in areas such as regeneration; community or economic development; neighbourhood management; health and wellbeing; policy, research and strategy; or in area-based service delivery.

The evidence base

The network builds on the evidence base cultivated by Local Trust and partners, on the role of social infrastructure investment in improving life outcomes, the transformative value of community-led neighbourhood renewal and learnings on best practice partnership-working between local government and communities.

Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research Report on the National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal
The APPG for ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods’ final report on the inquiry into levelling up
APPG for 'left behind' neighbourhoods report on the UKSPF
Cambridge University’s Centre for Housing and Planning research report on local economic change

Coming up in 2024

Study trip

  • The network will be running its first study trip for local government officers in autumn 2024.

Network events

  • The network will be hosting an online event and an in person workshop in London later in 2024.

Past events

Local government workshop on ‘Neighbourhood-level approaches to identifying community strengths and addressing needs’.

The network’s first workshop surveyed the evidence on the role of social infrastructure investment in building community capacity, resilience and improving life outcomes in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

Read the session summary

The session included presentations from:

  • Alison Mckenzie-Folan, Chief Executive of Wigan Council, on community capacity and resilience-building
  • Rebecca Gipp, Head of Levelling Up Coordination at Essex County Council, on Essex’s Levelling Up Strategy
  • Stefan Noble, Director at OCSI, on identifying community strengths and needs using the Community Needs Index 2024

► Watch Alison’s presentation

► Watch Rebecca’s presentation

► Watch Stefan’s presentation

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For more information

To register interest in attending an upcoming event or for a discussion about the work of the network or partnership opportunities, please contact: