A message from our own futures Simon Parker, Director, NLGN, December 3, 2014

Be careful what you say about older people. The people we call ‘bedblockers’ and ‘frequent flyers’ today are actually a message from our own futures. One day you might be stuck in a hospital bed you’d much rather leave, wishing that younger people and policy makers could be a little more sensitive to your predicament. […]

A message from our own futures
Local Government: Meeting the Transformation Challenge Laura WIlkes, Public Finance, November 26, 2014

Recommendations from an expert panel on how to overcome barriers to service integration could represent a giant leap forward if councils can help prove that reforms can lead to savings.

Local Government: Meeting the Transformation Challenge
Councils: no more top-down reorganising Simon Parker, Public Finance, November 4, 2014

The truth is that local government is already restructuring. Many districts and some counties are integrating and sharing their services, while combined authorities and increasing integration of health and care will demand new approaches to governance and sovereignty.

Councils: no more top-down reorganising
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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

The West Lothian question does need addressing, but this can only be done in the context of a wide-ranging consideration of the future governance of the UK and England in particular. This can’t and shouldn’t be attempted on the same timescale as further Scottish devolution.

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 patient may not have fully recovered, but most regions are long out of the emergency room. The recession has left us with a new urban infrastructure for growth in the form of combined authorities and LEPs, and a new mechanism for local and central government to collaborate on prosperity.

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.

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