Since Ed Milliband unveiled his plan at the Labour Party conference to freeze energy bills until 2017, the price of energy has rarely been out of the news. The problem with the narrow debate around the size of household bills is that it fails to address the issue of diversifying energy generation. The key to […]
New research shows that councils, and elected members in particular, have embraced their new public health role. The transfer of responsibility from the NHS offers huge potential to improve the health of citizens and to save money at the same time In April this year, responsibility for public health moved from the NHS to local […]
As well as being an advantage in itself, in the current climate of austerity, it’s now a well-rehearsed fact that digital transformation of local public services is a necessity for councils.
Devon put forward the conundrum of how in an era or rising demand and reducing budgets it is possible to access greater capacity from within the community to meet the needs of what are often quite isolated communities.
The 2012 Autumn Statement was not a happy day for local government – a further 2 per cent cut in the 2014/15 budget period, on top of the cuts already planned. The question in local government is whether this year’s Autumn Statement will be more of the same.
The idea of early help is just so intellectually and emotionally appealing: engage with future service users early and divert them onto a path that reduces or eliminates their need for costly crisis response.
This last week NLGN held one of their networking and problem-solving events and invited leaders from local authorities countrywide. The premise? To highlight and find solutions for some of the most pressing issues faced by councils far and wide.
Why does local government usually lose? The question is probably too stark – councils do persuade ministers to make concessions on the small stuff, but struggle to make headway on the big issues like education and children’s services. We win skirmishes while the war continues to slip away. There are two parts to an answer. […]