English Devolution: reconnecting with the people Iain Roxburgh, Senior Associate Fellow, Local Government Centre, Warwick Business School and former Chief Executive of Coventry City Council, September 22, 2014

It is astonishing how quickly the ‘British’ political and media establishment, from the PM down, switched their attention from Scotland to England! Scotland says “no”. You can almost hear their thinking: “Well that’s sorted! Got to deliver on a ‘vow’ hastily made (and now regretted?), in short order to satisfy the Scots. But never let […]

English Devolution: reconnecting with the people
Where next for our Constitution? Dame Jane Roberts, NLGN Chair, September 19, 2014

The implications for all of the UK of the Scottish Referendum are profound. Both for all four nations and within them, the referendum has significantly changed the balance of the debate about governance at all levels.

Where next for our Constitution?
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Rethinking Growth Simon Parker, The MJ, September 5, 2014

The coalition’s local economic policy was forged in the depths of recession and it’s starting to show. Schemes such as the regional growth fund and enterprise zones basically tried to buy jobs without worrying too much about their quality or about the impact on a place’s long-term economic trajectory. Even growth deals still bear traces […]

Rethinking Growth
Student Housing: Time for change? Nina Delany, Research Intern, NLGN, August 26, 2014

Mould, damp and rodents are the grim reality facing thousands of students in the UK along with sky-high letting fees, unresponsive landlords and various health and safety hazards. Living in London as a student has been particularly challenging with rocketing house prices and no real student letting market. Instead students living in London have to […]

Student Housing: Time for change?
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THE SHOW MUST GO ON Claire Mansfield, THE MJ, August 14, 2014

Local government has been the unsung hero of arts and culture funding for many decades and over recent years, many local authorities have invested in the sector with considerable success.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON
Arts funding cuts: not an easy answer Claire Mansfield, Public Finance, August 14, 2014

Cutting arts and culture budgets might be a tempting quick fix for cash-strapped councils, but slashing spending in these areas could damage an area’s economic and social value, shoring up bigger problems in the long term.

Arts funding cuts: not an easy answer
The Educational Hokey Cokey – In or Out? Reema Patel, Networks Manager, July 25, 2014

The relationship between local government and schools has been under intense scrutiny in recent months, with questions raised about the increasing independence of schools from local authorities and the extent to which schools should be subject to council oversight.

The Educational Hokey Cokey – In or Out?