Together, big state and big business ruined our Covid response. Local communities can take it from here. Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, New Local Government Network, September 25, 2020

A ‘marriage from hell’ between big state and big business birthed a litany of failures during Covid-19. Meanwhile, councils and communities have proved themselves far more equipped to cope. As a parliamentary debate on Covid-19 looms, Jessica Studdert argues that it’s not too late to devolve power to local areas to deal with a second […]

Together, big state and big business ruined our Covid response. Local communities can take it from here.
Has councils’ Covid response boosted – or blighted – the case for devolution? Charlotte Morgan, Senior Policy Researcher, NLGN, September 16, 2020

While devolution might be set back by the government’s centralising instincts, which have been laid bare during the pandemic, this is counterbalanced by the support councils have won through their competent response, writes senior policy researcher Charlotte Morgan. The UK government announced last month that the devolution and local recovery white paper (my emphasis) will […]

Has councils’ Covid response boosted – or blighted – the case for devolution?
Pillars of Strength: How can we build a ‘Resilient Britain’ Luca Tiratelli, Policy Researcher, NLGN, September 15, 2020

Download the report From the perspective of international comparisons, Britain’s performance during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a chastening experience. Both in terms of economics and in terms of public health, we endured outcomes far worse than many other similar nations. In a new report, produced in partnership with Local Trust, we argue that the […]

Pillars of Strength: How can we build a ‘Resilient Britain’
‘Nice White Parents’ and the Corruption of Democracy Luca Tiratelli, Senior Policy Researcher, NLGN, September 3, 2020

A new podcast series from the New York Times makes a simple observation – that the single most powerful force in American public schools are concerned white people. Over five episodes, ‘Nice White Parents’ argues that most of the problems that exist from an equalities perspective in US education, from racial segregation to achievement gaps, […]

‘Nice White Parents’ and the Corruption of Democracy
A (New) Design for Learning: Doing skills devolution differently Charlotte Morgan, Senior Policy Researcher, NLGN, September 1, 2020

When we talk about devolution, as we will do increasingly when the UK Government’s Devolution and Local Recovery White Paper is published this Autumn, we should remember that it is the enabling arm of subsidiarity. This principle holds that decisions and actions are best taken at a level of government as close to citizens as […]

A (New) Design for Learning: Doing skills devolution differently
The moment for Universal Basic Income is now, and it’s local Simon Duffy, Centre for Welfare Reform / UBI Lab Network , August 7, 2020

As we look to a post-pandemic future, more and more local authorities are getting behind the idea of a Universal Basic Income. The case is stronger than ever, argues Simon Duffy, not only for creating a more egalitarian society, but in freeing people up to play a greater part in local life and decision making. […]

The moment for Universal Basic Income is now, and it’s local
Staff Choose: Summer Community Power Reads NLGN Team, August 7, 2020

This might not be your traditional summer for kicking back and relaxing with the latest page-turner, so why not try out something a bit more… powerful? Our NLGN team present their top fiction and non-fiction books on the subject of communities coming together, current and historic social politics and giant jam sandwiches. Simon Kaye, Senior […]

Staff Choose: Summer Community Power Reads
Future plans: a community-powered approach to housing? John Myers, Co-founder, YIMBY Alliance, , August 6, 2020

A new Government White Paper envisages radical reform for planning. But, while it hints at a community-led approach, it also sets rules and targets to be imposed by national government. John Myers of the YIMBY Alliance sets out how a community-led approach offers a new way to tackle crises in housing and infrastructure. The Covid-19 […]

Future plans: a community-powered approach to housing?