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 […]

Should local government be concerned about recent trend change in its reserves balance? Pawda Tjoa, Senior Researcher, NLGN, August 31, 2017

In 2013, Eric Pickles accused local government of ‘hypocrisy’ for ‘pleading poverty when they have trebled their cash reserves over the last decade’.1 But last week, DCLG released data on local authority spending and financing in England which reveals a rather different picture. The data release also reveals an interesting trend of increasing self-sufficiency in […]

Should local government be concerned about recent trend change in its reserves balance?
The international series: Local government in France Cherilyn Mawby, External Affairs Assistant, August 18, 2017

French government is stereotypically synonymous with strong centralisation and hierarchical structure. This means a comparatively weaker role for local authorities, with France ranked as the 13th least decentralised in the OECD with regards to public spending, and even a slight mistrust of local government. The United Kingdom isn’t far behind, however, ranking as the OECD’s […]

The international series: Local government in France
Thinking outside the box for the workforce of tomorrow Claire Mansfield, Head of Research and Lucy Terry, Senior Reseacher, August 14, 2017

Claire Mansfield, head of research at the New Local Government Network (NLGN), Lucy Terry, senior researcher at the organisation, Barry Pirie, a former PPMA president, and current PPMA president Caroline Nugent, discuss the findings of the recent ‘Outside the Box: The Council Workforce of Tomorrow’ report. The workforce is the lifeblood of any organisation, and […]

Thinking outside the box for the workforce of tomorrow
The Sutton Plan: back to Total Place – and beyond Jessica Crowe, Assistant Director of Customers, Commissioning & Governance, London Borough of Sutton, August 11, 2017

Do you remember the heady days of 2009? Back to one year PA (pre-Austerity), when Total Place pilots were busy mapping total spend across their areas, part of a Treasury mandated national efficiency programme led by Lord Bichard? Happy days! In an attempt to recapture the mood before we had had to take nearly £100m […]

The Sutton Plan: back to Total Place – and beyond