The innovations that will futureproof local government are already happening. Digital by default, integration, and commercialisation. These are just some of the fresh approaches that will ensure local authorities are prepared to serve their communities efficiently and intelligently for years to come.
Many areas are being denied the benefits of integration. It’s crucial we take a pragmatic look at how we can tackle the barriers to integration so that every part of the country can acquire these gains.
It’s time to reappraise the way we approach local government employment to ensure that councils have systems at the local and national levels which enable them to attract and retain the skilled workforce they need. Our goal is to produce strong evidence and insight that councils can use to plan their own workforce strategies, as well as practical ‘how to’ lessons for those who implement change.
NLGN propose a project which will help councils develop a clearer understanding of what the future looks like by identifying the potential of smarter, more integrated and networked cities and places. Only by taking a longer term strategic view towards the future can a clearer route map towards getting there be established, which can better frame decisions made today.