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Kent County Council

Kent County CouncilThe largest county in England, Kent currently has an approximate population of 1.4m citizens. With a strong history of collaboration between public, private, voluntary and community sectors, our Kent Partnership is focused on the challenge of growing economic prosperity, whilst tackling the deep-seated social, health, environmental and educational challenges facing our county by:

  • Creating a vibrant and successgful economy with targeted regeneration and innovative and creative businesses and organisations;
  • Placing our schools and other centres for learning at the heart of our communities to provide lifelong learning appropriate to our citizens;
  • Enabling people to chose from high quality services;
  • Balancing the need for high quality development, strong transport links, and regeneration with the protection of county's heritage and minimising our environmental impact;
  • Encouraging safe, strong, and respectful communities that are confident in the face of social change;
  • Raising the quality of life for all who live, work or travel through the county, making Kent a county that people are proud of.


Leeds City CouncilLeeds City Council

Leeds City Council caters for more than 750,000 people within the community. Leeds is a city which advertises its vibrancy and student culture. It is one of the most diverse and atmospheric cities in the North.

Leeds City Council are aiming to:

  • Make Leeds cleaner and greener for citizens and visitors;
  • Create opportunities for local people to take part in the cultural life of the city;
  • Increase the ability for the council and citizens to interact online and give greater flexibility to residents and businesses.


London Borough of Havering

As one of London's safest and greenest boroughs Havering already provides a very good quality of life for its 234,000 residents. However, it is not enough for us to simply exist - we have a clear vision for the future. Everything we do is aimed to achieve our Living Ambition to - deliver a better quality of life for local people. The Living Ambition is based on five goals and underpinned by our common purpose which is:


"We're here to serve local people and make Havering a place where residents are proud to live."


Our five goals to deliver our Living Ambition are:


  • Goal for the Environment to ensure a clean, safe and green borough
  • Goal for Learning to champion education and learning for all
  • Goal for Towns and Communities to provide economic, social and cultural opportunities in thriving towns and villages
  • Goal for Individuals to value and enhance the lives of our residents
  • Goal for Value to deliver high customer satisfaction and a stable Council Tax.


London Borough of Newham

The London Borough of Newham is a place where people choose to live, work and stay. It is at the centre of London's plans for the 2012 Olympic Games with an 80,000-seater stadium in Stratford - which is at the heart of a prestigious new development, Stratford City, comprising 4,500 new homes, nearly half a million square metres of office space, hotels, schools and a shopping centre to rival any in the country.

It's not just the shining new buildings and facilities that make the borough a happening place. Newham has the youngest and most diverse population in the UK. More than 40 per cent of the 254,000 people in Newham are under 25 years old and more than 100 languages are spoken locally - from Albanian to Zhuang. All of which makes for an exciting area rich in culture, flavour and atmosphere where local people take great pride in being part of a global village.

The borough's youthful vigour and creativity has fused with the traditional East End values of warmth, friendliness, community spirit and good humour to make Newham a welcoming place with a unique character.

Plymouth City Council

Plymouth is the largest city on the south coast of England and, after Bristol, the largest in the south west, with a resident population of 258,700 and a further 100,000 in its travel-to-work area.

The city has an ambitious growth agenda that aims to see its population increase to 300,000.

The vision is by 2020 for Plymouth to be one of Europe’s finest, most vibrant waterfront cities where an outstanding quality of life is enjoyed by everyone, where all can be healthy, wealthy, safe and wise.

Plymouth has a strong maritime heritage and Plymouth has the largest cluster of marine and maritime businesses in the south west with 300 firms operating within the sector, employing around 13,600 people.

Other substantial employers include the university with 30,000 students and almost 3,000 staff.


Reading Borough Council

Reading is a vibrant multi-cultural town with 155,700 people living in the borough. It is the second most ethnically diverse in the South East outside London. Reading has a history of good community relations and is a place where diversity and cohesion are celebrated and embraced. 

National and international companies continue to choose this area as their home in the UK, including ING Direct, Prudential and Microsoft. However, change has been rapid and Reading’s economic success has bypassed some of its residents. Reading’s most deprived areas sit next to communities which prosper.

The Council's vision is to be“A highly regarded, leading Council; ambitious and focused on what matters most for our communities, delivering value for money and quality services.”


The Council has identified key priorities based on an assessment of the needs of Reading’s communities and in the context of a diminishing budget. This means encouraging more sufficient and capable communities and focusing the Council’s resources on those most in need.


Sheffield City Council

Sheffield is one of England’s largest cities and a metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England.  The city has grown from largely industrial roots to encompass a wide economic base.

Sheffield City Council is a metropolitan district.  As such, it has responsibility for the full range of local authority services.  With a population of 525,800, the City of Sheffield is England’s third largest metropolitan authority. Sheffield has a thriving cultural and creative industries sector, and the music industry is particularly well represented and Sheffield has been the home of several well-known bands and musicians.  Sheffield is the first National City of Sport, with a range of high quality facilities originally built for the World Student Games in the city in 1991. The world’s oldest football club, Sheffield FC, has recently celebrated its 150th anniversary.

The Council has identified eight outcomes as part of the Corporate Plan for 2011-14:

  • A Strong and Competitive Economy
  • Better Health and Wellbeing
  • Successful Children and Young People
  • Tackling Poverty and Increasing Social Inclusion
  • Safe and Secure Communities
  • A Great Place to Live
  • An Environmentally Responsible City
  • Vibrant City


Sunderland City CouncilSunderland City Council

The City of Sunderland has a population of just under 300,000 and is the largest city by population between Ediburgh and Leeds. The council is part of a Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) which brings the public, private, community and voluntary sectors to work together to achieve success. 

Priorities for action are to work with partners to:

  • Increase travel choices by encouraging the use of public transport, walking, cycling, and low-emission vehicles for commuting to and from work as well as other business needs;
  • Continue the work towards the 2025 vision of the city;
  • Improve the quality of services for both businesses and citizens across all areas of council work.


The Isle of Man GovernmentIsle of Man Government

The Isle of Man Government is responsible for delivering almost the full reach and range of local and national Government public services to the 80,000 resident population.

The overall aim of the Isle of Man Government is to protect and promote the well-being of the family and provide for the economic and social inclusion of all in our community.

This is delivered through 4 key themes:

  • Income, Employment and the Economy;
  • Government, Spending and Revenues;
  • Legislation and Regulation;
  • Quality of Life.

The City of London

The City of London Corporation is uniquely diverse organisation with three main aims:To support and promote the City as the world leader in international finance and business services;

  • To provide high quality local services and policing for those working in, living in and visiting the Square Mile;
  • To provide valued services to London and the nation as a whole, including its role as one of the most significant art sponsors in the UK and its support for the economic development of the surrounding boroughs.

The City Corporation is older than Parliament and its experience and tradition underpin its modern role as the provider of key services. Elected Members, headed by the Lord Mayor, operate on a non-party political basis.


The States of Jersey

Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands, measuring 5 miles by 9. It sits in the Bay of St Malo, 19 miles from France and 85 miles south of the English coast. The island is made up of 12 parishes and has a population of 97,857. English is its main language, but other languages include Portuguese, Polish and Jèrriais (the Jersey language).

A French territory until 1066, the Channel Islands chose allegiance to the English Crown when the Anglo-Norman Kingdom divided in 1204. Jersey is self-governing with its own financial and legal systems and courts of law.

The government’s vision is to inspire confidence in Jersey's future through:

  • a safe and caring community
  • a strong and sustainable economy
  • preparing for the future
  • protecting the environment
  • maintaining a highly skilled and motivated workforce


Its main priorities are providing jobs and decent homes, reforming healthcare and social services, keeping the population at a sustainable level and planning for future generations.

Wakefield Council

Wakefield CouncilWakefield is a district with a proud heritage and buoyant future, with an approximate population of 314,000. Wakefield Council's vision for the future is that in ten years time, Wakefield will be a distinctive, vibrant city, making a real contribution to the prosperity and diversity of the Yorkshire and Humber region.

The city will be a place for people, with a strong public transport systems allowing quick and convenient access to and around the city and surrounding neighbourhoods. Wakefield will be a thriving commercial centre presenting distinctive retail areas, modern office accommodation, a range of quality residential opportunities and a mix of excellent leisure opportunities.


Wokingham Borough Council


The borough is frequently mentioned as one of the best places to live in the country, combining an excellent location with high quality schools and a strong local economy. From this starting point, the Council and its partners in the Wokingham Borough Strategic Partnership (WBSP) are working together to build on our success to improve the quality of life for all our residents.

We were also rated in the top 10% of Councils for the way we use our resources effectively and provide excellent value for money. Whilst recognising our achievements and the progress we have made, we also recognise that there is much more to do.


We have ambitious plans for the future, but recognise that these plans will only be achieved if we continue to work with the residents and key stakeholders who want to make the borough an excellent place to live, an even better place to do business.


Through consultation with residents and local businesses, we have introduced a new vision and set of priorities.


Our vision and priorities:

'A great place to live, an even better place to do business' is the new strap line for our vision for the future of the borough.


The central themes of the vision are to:

  • Facilitate the regeneration of our towns and increase the vibrancy of all our communities
    Create an environment that allows businesses to thrive
  • Continue to work with our partners to maintain our outstanding educational attainment
  • Deliver well designed development and strong communities
  • Ensure financial viability despite annual funding cuts
  • Invest in prevention services that increase or maintain our resident’s independence.