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The Local Government Support Programme helps local authorities decarbonise transport, improve air quality and increase electric vehicle adoption.

The programme is fully funded by the Department for Transport and available to all local authorities across England.

Many local authorities are not sure where to begin with their electric vehicle, chargepoint or staff travel plans, or are looking to build their knowledge of the EV and chargepoint sectors ahead of procurement.

We help councils to make links between multiple policies and develop effective, informed strategies. We know the importance of sharing best practice and aim to put local authorities in touch with one another to share experiences and ideas.

About the team

We provide support through four dedicated regional account managers who can offer help, expertise and technical guidance. We’re a friendly, flexible team and will work with you to tailor our support.

Since the team was established in October 2018, we’ve helped over 120 local authorities progress their electric vehicle and sustainable travel projects (as of January 2022).

  • Our support is always free and impartial.
  • 80% of local authorities are highly satisfied with our support, and 16% were satisfied (feedback survey, January 2022).
  • We’re in conversation with over 100 local authorities, ranging from districts to combined authorities, and can facilitate knowledge sharing between authorities.

What support is available?

Find out more about the range of support available.

Want further details on every aspect of our programme? Take a look at our advice on electric vehicle and charging infrastructure and support on sustainable travel.

What are the next steps?

  1. Please fill in the enquiry form above, indicating what support you’re interested in.
  2. One of our regional account managers will be in touch within a few days.
  3. We’ll arrange a call to discuss your needs, priorities and timescales.
  4. We’ll start delivering your support and ask you for feedback at the end.
  5. We’ll stay in touch and discuss where we can offer further support as your project progresses.
  6. We may invite you share your experience with other local authorities, for example through a one-to-one conversation, case study or webinar.

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Get in touch with us

Fill in the form below to contact our regional account managers. We will retain your contact details to respond to your email and may contact you in the future with information about other similar schemes, services and events you may be interested in. Please let us know if you would like to opt out of this contact.

Local authority guidance

We have worked with the Department for Transport to develop the local authority toolkit. The toolkit provides guidance to local authorities on planning and delivering measures to reduce carbon emissions from transport that are appropriate to their local area and the needs of the local population.


It highlights the benefits of different interventions and sets out the key actions authorities can take to reduce carbon emissions. For each intervention, the toolkit shares best practice, benefits and lessons learnt from a range of case studies, as well as signposting to other tools, guidance, and methodologies. We are continuing to work with the Department for Transport to develop new content throughout this year.

A launch event for the Local Authority Toolkit was held on 24 May, you can access the recording here.


Interested in what other councils are doing?

Our webinars aim to help local authority officers build their knowledge and share expertise across many aspects of low emission transport.

Visit the Resources for local authorities on electric vehicle chargepoints page on our website for more information on previous webinars as well as what to expect in our upcoming webinars.

Interested in funding for residential chargepoints?

Local authorities can apply for funding to cover up to 75% of the capital costs for procuring and installing chargepoints in residential areas without off-street parking. The chargepoints can be installed at on-street locations or in car parks.

Energy Saving Trust administers this scheme on behalf of the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles. Find out more on our On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme page.

Best practice guides

Our best practice guides are useful reference resources for officers developing charging infrastructure networks, providing impartial advice and informative case studies.

Browse the selection in our guide to developing an electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Information is also available on ecargo bikes and electrifying last mile deliveries and on decarbonising fleets.

Last updated: 26 May 2022