Community Power and the Triple Crisis of the New Decade – Part 1:
The Climate
Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, January 20, 2020

Adam Lent argues that our intensifying climate crisis requires a political, economic and cultural revolution rooted in the empowerment of communities. @adamjlent We enter this new decade in the grip of a triple crisis: of climate, of economic inequality and of political legitimacy. Currently our political leaders in the UK and across the world seem […]

Community Power and the Triple Crisis of the New Decade – Part 1: <BR>The Climate
Rural areas are England’s ‘land of opportunity’ January 15, 2020

The North-South divide is the trope most commonly used by policy-makers to highlight the problems of regional inequality in England, but it is by no means the country’s only socio-economic gulf. Since Boris Johnson first became Prime Minister in July 2019, Government Ministers and Conservative politicians have talked enthusiastically about the need to “level up” […]

Rural areas are England’s ‘land of opportunity’
Australia is burning: so is it time for a new environmental politics? Luca Tiratelli, Policy Researcher, NLGN, January 6, 2020

So, the new decade begins with Australia literally on fire. Unsurprisingly, many of us are feeling the moral imperative for climate action more strongly than ever, and yet a glance at politics right now offers little cause for hope. Whilst outright climate denialism is on the wane, a look across the Atlantic offers us a […]

Australia is burning: so is it time for a new environmental politics?
The low paid need power not just money Adam Lent, Director , December 31, 2019

The PM may have given minimum wage earners a cash boost but Adam Lent argues only bringing the low paid into the heart of power will make a long-term difference. My most terrifying duty as Head of Economics at the TUC was to lead the annual trade union delegation to the Low Pay Commission (LPC). […]

The low paid need power not just money
No bread for councillors as many reject Brussels: Christmas poll results revealed Katy Oglethorpe, Head of Communications, December 24, 2019

Dining dividing lines continue to eat up councils as they fail to agree on what to have for Christmas lunch. We asked council leaders, chief executives and Mayors what they’d ban from the dinner table at on 25th December. Their surprising answers might, or might not, reveal a lot about the inner workings of local […]

No bread for councillors as many reject Brussels: Christmas poll results revealed
The Conservatives are victorious – but their blindness to reform may undo them Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, December 13, 2019

In theory, a Conservative government with a very strong mandate should prove a tasty prospect for the local government sector. The party’s manifesto commits the government to a devolution white paper, major new funding for infrastructure, money for towns and community businesses, an extra £1bn for social care every year plus a new drive to […]

The Conservatives are victorious – but their blindness to reform may undo them
With budgeting, the only certainty is that nothing is certain Martin Forbes, Strategic Director (Local Government), Local Partnerships, December 4, 2019

Local authorities experience considerable difficulties as they budget to keep vital services going whilst facing uncertainty about their future finances, and this is exacerbated when they are unsure when a longer-term settlement can be achieved.

With budgeting, the only certainty is that nothing is certain