How does the North of Tyne Devo Deal help local people? Norma Redfearn, interim mayor of the North of Tyne Combined Authority and elected mayor of North Tyneside, December 7, 2018

This month, three councils in the North East came together to create a Combined Authority and start the next phase of our devolution journey. Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland are, from scratch, putting together what I hope will be a strong voice for our region, a voice we now need more than ever. The devolution […]

How does the North of Tyne Devo Deal help local people?
Raising the HRA borrowing cap is long overdue – but is it enough? Joe Wills, Research Intern, November 26, 2018

The announcement in the recent budget that the Government will be lifting the borrowing cap on Local Authorities’ Housing Revenue Accounts has been much welcomed and is long overdue. The policy will remove one of the barriers to councils building at scale, which should form part of a root and branch attempt to tackle the […]

Raising the HRA borrowing cap is long overdue – but is it enough?
Community-led commissioning – a new model Trinley Walker, Senior Policy Researcher, November 22, 2018

Imagine that you have witnessed a sharp decline in the up-keep and quality of your community amenities. It may be the local park has become frequented by groups of anti-social youths and drug users, with vandalism having rendered the benches un-usable; the grass has become overgrown and the hedges ragged. More seriously, used syringes now […]

Community-led commissioning – a new model
In-house versus Outsourcing: What is the future of partnerships between the public and private sectors? Trinley Walker, Senior Policy Researcher, November 22, 2018

Billed as a juicy political debate pitting the Labour Party’s preference for in-housing against the Conservative Party’s continued commitment to the role of the private sector on outsourcing, the discussions at NLGN’s event to launch our report – From Transactions to Changemaking: rethinking partnerships between the public and private sectors – were perhaps a little […]

In-house versus Outsourcing: What is the future of partnerships between the public and private sectors?
Local leaders can make work pay Cllr Andy Hull, Executive Member for Finance, London Borough of Islington, November 9, 2018

Most people living in poverty in the UK today have a job. Work was meant to be the surest way out of poverty, but not any more. Without a statutory minimum wage which pays enough to live on, five million workers put in a hard day’s toil and still don’t earn enough to get by. […]

Local leaders can make work pay
North of Tyne: Deal, not much Devolution Charlotte Morgan, Policy Researcher, NLGN, November 7, 2018

Blink and you might have missed it. Amid the fireworks of last week’s Budget, we had some positive devolution news. On Friday 2nd November, the North of Tyne devolution deal was formally signed off. This development must be seen as positive news because there has hardly been any progress to shout about on English devolution […]

North of Tyne: Deal, not much Devolution
It’s good here, come and stay… Martin Farrow, CEO, Optalis, November 6, 2018

Quality + culture => staff retention Source: Skills for Care: “The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England” – September 2018; (Data: NMDS-SC unweighted data and CQC ratings between March 2016 & March 2018) I have lived in my house for the last 7 years. I remember the day I first […]

It’s good here, come and stay…
A budget that leaves councils at the mercy of Boris Johnson Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, October 30, 2018

The Chancellor was clearly feeling the hand of history on his shoulder. A new chapter and a turning point were declared as Phillip Hammond informed the House that austerity was now ending just like the PM said it would. From the point of view of local councils, that historical hand was giving the Chancellor a […]

A budget that leaves councils at the mercy of Boris Johnson