Budget 2017: The only certainty for local government is continued uncertainty Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, NLGN, November 22, 2017

This article was first published in Civil Service World. The Budget was a mixed bag for local government. Councils face financial uncertainty after 2020, with grant funding still reducing, the definition of “fair funding” still pending and the prospect of business rates retention still dangling. The Chancellor recognised the priority to give businesses the ability […]

Budget 2017: The only certainty for local government is continued uncertainty
An agenda-shifting Budget – if a little underwhelming Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, November 22, 2017

This was first published in the MJ This was the moment a British government finally got serious about the most pressing social problem facing the UK: our dysfunctional housing market. It is an issue on which a long line of Prime Ministers and chancellors have talked loudly while wielding a rather small policy stick. Today […]

An agenda-shifting Budget – if a little underwhelming
The Public Sector Reform Recipe for Success Donna Hall, November 13, 2017

In 2012, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said that Wigan Council was the third worst affected council by austerity in the UK. We realised that we couldn’t continue to operate as we were. We also knew that by simply closing a few libraries, changing bin collections and reducing school crossing patrols we weren’t going to […]

The Public Sector Reform Recipe for Success
Improving outcomes and influencing behaviour using data Haydn Scarborough, Business Development Director, Engie, November 10, 2017

Data is a powerful tool. Technology and digitalisation are playing a growing role in the delivery of improved service efficiency by linking data from a variety of sources. For councils, harnessing meaningful data and turning it into actionable outcomes can help deliver more efficient, vibrant and sustainable communities. Leeds City Council is a forward thinking […]

Improving outcomes and influencing behaviour using data
Nudging along more effective services Claire Mansfield, Head of Research, NLGN, October 5, 2017

Financial constraints and demographic pressures mean councils are increasingly shifting their role from service deliverers to service enablers. Councils and communities are beginning to work more closely together and will need to become more collaborative, creative and self-determined. As this happens, it will be important to understand better what motivates communities and what influences how […]

Nudging along more effective services
Are we prepared for the looming tech revolution? Adam Lent, Director, NLGN Published in The MJ, September 13, 2017

Elysium is a big star sci-fi action movie from 2013, which even its director admitted was pretty mediocre. But in among the one-dimensional characters and gore-filled explosions there is one short scene that stands out. Sent to see his parole officer, the petty criminal played by Matt Damon is confronted by a decrepit ventriloquist’s dummy […]

Are we prepared for the looming tech revolution?
Britons need to walk more – but their cities aren’t set up for it Lucy Terry, Senior Researcher, NLGN, September 6, 2017

An evidence review by Public Health England (PHE) hit the headlines last week, after the government agency found that a large chunk of middle aged adults are doing little to no exercise on a regular basis. According to PHE, 41 per cent of middle aged adults in England (defined as those aged 40-60) walk less […]

Britons need to walk more – but their cities aren’t set up for it
Government must invest in early help as it does in infrastructure Adam Lent and Robert Pollock, Director, Social Finance, published in LGC, September 6, 2017

The pressure on the chancellor to ease austerity is intensifying by the day, with increasingly noisy calls for a more doveish approach from within his own party. This nervousness seems to reflect a growing popular anxiety about the impact real-terms cuts of 20-30% have had on some basic services. The focus for this pressure has […]