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Local Government Support Programme

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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 three 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 85 local authorities progress their electric vehicle and sustainable travel projects (as of January 2021).

  • Our support is always free and impartial.
  • 85% of local authorities are highly satisfied with our support (feedback survey, January 2021).
  • 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

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.

Register for one of 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.