How can Britain rebuild its civil society? Abigail Gilbert, Researcher, NLGN, July 18, 2017

“How can we continue to secure the dignity, wellbeing and happiness of people after nearly a decade of cuts?” pondered the Chief Executive of one London council at a dialogue session for our latest research. Cuts demand councils deliver better for less – but cuts also inevitably mean they will deliver less for less. This […]

How can Britain rebuild its civil society?
Sajid Javid can rebuild his relationship with local government but it will take more than words Adam Lent, Director, New Local Government Network, July 14, 2017

Last night he was shouting obscenities up at the bedroom window. Now, after a cold night on the doorstep, he’s saying he loves us and is begging for forgiveness through the letterbox. Many in local government will be impressed that Sajid Javid had the courage and humility to apologise for his LGA speech but as […]

Sajid Javid can rebuild his relationship with local government but it will take more than words
Reflecting on the local government family Andrew Donaldson, Head of Strategic Policy and Partnerships, Staffordshire County Council , July 14, 2017

We’re all familiar with the phrase, ‘you only get back what you put in’, and this old adage was most certainly true of the first Innovation Exchange organised for the membership of NLGN. The event brought together leaders from across local government to talk about how we can transform public services in the future with […]

Reflecting on the local government family
How collaboration can boost productivity in public services Lucy Terry, Senior Researcher, July 11, 2017

Mainly due to budget cuts over the past seven years, councils have become more efficient in how they work. But a new approach is needed in order to boost productivity and maintain the quality of service. Lucy Terry explains how new forms of collaboration can aid those efforts, and offers some ideas as to how […]

How collaboration can boost productivity in public services
Why I swapped the global for the local Richard Nelmes, Head of Network, NLGN, June 20, 2017

This week, Richard Nelmes joined the NLGN team as Head of Network, following almost a decade at the United Nations Association. The United Nations is a global body of 193 countries that was created with the express purpose of preventing a third World War. What could be more different to the local authorities, from Manchester […]

Why I swapped the global for the local
Three priorities for Sajid Javid Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, Published in LGC, June 19, 2017

Having first assumed his role as communities secretary and local government last year as the aftershocks of the Brexit vote reverberated, Sajid Javid’s reappointment last week came at no less a turbulent time at Westminster. Without a working majority of its own, the new Conservative administration will be more in hoc to the demands of […]

Three priorities for Sajid Javid
National Carers Week: Identifying Young Carers Shahnaz Yasmin, Events Officer, June 16, 2017

This blog is for Carers Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of carers, the challenges they face, and the contribution they make to society. There is no doubt social care has risen dramatically up the agenda recently. It’s widely regarded Theresa May’s inherited majority was diminished partly because of the debacle over the so-called […]

National Carers Week: Identifying Young Carers
Clean Air Day’s Call for Action Nigel Bellamy, Divisional Director – Air Quality, Jacobs, June 15, 2017

With air pollution causing some 40,000* early deaths in the UK each year, poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to UK public health currently. Addressing air pollution from transport emissions, as part of longer-term air quality management and mitigation strategies, is now a key priority for our towns and cities. The Government’s framework […]

Clean Air Day’s Call for Action