NLGN Dialogue Session

The Future of London Civil Society: A strategic dialogue between local government and the funding community

In association with:

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The relationship between civil society and local government is changing. Funding cuts to local services have both exacerbated existing gaps in provision and created new ones. With councils needing to achieve more with limited funding, voluntary organisations increasingly participate in areas once regarded as statutory. Efficiency seems to be crowding out innovation. While some London authorities have positively reshaped their interaction with civil society, NLGN would like to explore new policy ideas to inspire change across a wider audience. Drawing on examples of best practice, in this session we will explore the following questions:

  • What would a healthy working relationship between local government, the VCS and the funding community look like?
  • What are the current barriers to changing and improving this relationship?
  • What measures can we implement to reform the relationship between the sectors?

NLGN are pleased to host this dialogue session to discuss the relationship between civil society and local government. This event will contribute to research supported by The City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust, and published in partnership with London Funders, which will explore the changing dynamic between the sectors and create a vision for future interaction. To develop our findings, we would delighted if you could join us and share your thoughts.

We will hear contributions from speakers:

Paul Najsarek
Chief Executive, London Borough of Ealing
Kristina Glenn
Director, Cripplegate Foundation