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Local Government Support Programme

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The Local Government Support Programme offers fully funded support to help local authorities develop and deliver mobility strategies and programmes that will help to improve local air quality and increase the adoption of ultra-low emission vehicles.

How can we help?

Many local authorities are not sure where to begin with their mobility plans or lack an in-depth understanding of the ultra-low emission vehicle industry to be able to make the links between multiple initiatives or strategies. The Local Government Support Programme provides this support by providing five dedicated Regional Account Managers who can offer help, expertise and technical guidance in all areas of mobility.

The programme is available to all local authorities across England. We know the importance of sharing best practice and aim to put local authorities in touch with one another to share experiences and ideas.

Our fully funded programme includes:

  • Support with the roll out of chargepoint infrastructure, including strategy writing and analysis, procurement process support, utilisation and efficiency assessments and DNO engagement support.
  • Support with a local authority’s existing or proposed planning policies on charging infrastructure provision at new developments or related guidance for developers.
  • Support with the development of a sustainable or active travel plan, including templates and signposting to best practice.
  • Support with taxi and private hire policies, plans and strategies.
  • Support with business and community engagement, including event support, content development and templates.

We also provide workshop and training activities that bring together stakeholders from across departments in an authority to help them create a cohesive and inclusive plan to achieve their project aims. Training can cover all ultra-low emission vehicle technologies and mobility options, last for either half or a full day and can be delivered face-to-face or virtually.

Use our enquiry form to get in touch with your dedicated Regional Account Manager. 

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Go Ultra Low City webinar series

Over the next few weeks, we're hosting a series of free webinars in partnership with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) tailored for council officers on topics such as EV charging solutions and sustianable cities, featuring insights from the Go Ultra Low Cities.

Past webinars are available to view on demand:​

Tuesday 21 July 2020: Overcoming the on-street charging conundrum: Insights from Go Ultra Low Oxford

Tuesday 28 July 2020: Becoming a sustainable city: Insights from Go Ultra Low Milton Keynes

Thursday 6 August 2020: Why Dundee drives electric: Insights from Go Ultra Low City Dundee

Thursday 13 August 2020: Reviving a charge point network: Insights from Go Ultra Low West


Webinar programme

The Local Government Support Programme webinar series is tailored to help local authority officers to build their knowledge and share expertise in many aspects of low emission transport.

Past webinars are available to view on demand:

Tuesday 29 October 2019: Soft measure approaches to air quality improvements

Thursday 14 November 2019: How your local authority can respond to a climate emergency

Tuesday 14 January 2020: eCargo Bike Grant Scheme for local authorities

Thursday 13 February 2020: Smart Cities co-hosted by SSE Enterprise

Tuesday 10 March 2020: Developing a Green Bus Network

Tuesday 21 April 2020: Sustainable energy options for chargepoint infrastructure

Tuesday 19 May 2020: On-street Charging: Case Studies and Funding

Thursday 21 May 2020: On-street Charging: Strategies and Solutions

Tuesday 16 June 2020: Try Before You Buy EV Schemes