VIOLENT YOUTH CRIME: FIVE TAKE-AWAYS FROM NLGN’S LATEST LEADERSHIP INDEX SURVEY August 21, 2019

With violent youth crime firmly in the public eye, our latest NLGN Leadership Index focusses on how the issue is affecting local government and how the sector is responding to the crisis. As with all of our quarterly surveys – this being the sixth – there is also the chance to review trends in confidence […]

VIOLENT YOUTH CRIME: FIVE TAKE-AWAYS FROM NLGN’S LATEST LEADERSHIP INDEX SURVEY
A call to join the Community Wealth Fund Rob Day, Policy Intern, Local Trust, August 13, 2019

Support the community commissioning agenda and transform the way local authorities interact with communities For almost a decade, local authorities have struggled to manage increasing demand for public services whilst tackling the issues that communities face. As shown in the NLGN’s Community Paradigm, public services interact with communities in an increasingly transactional manner, offering quick-fixes […]

A call to join the Community Wealth Fund
Turning people away from voting is the last thing local democracy needs Luca Tiratelli, Policy Researcher, NLGN, August 6, 2019

In May’s local elections, 10 areas took part in a trial requiring people to show some form of identification before casting their vote. The downside of this, we now know, was that some 750 people were denied their chance to take part in local democracy. The upside? Well that’s harder to pinpoint, as we know […]

Turning people away from voting is the last thing local democracy needs
Citizens’ assemblies could offer popular support for climate action Adam Lent, director, New Local Government Network, August 1, 2019

A week ago, the UK reached its hottest recorded temperature. Over the weekend half a month’s rain fell in one hour. On Tuesday, major flooding hit Yorkshire. And yesterday, the Met Office confirmed that the UK’s 10 hottest years on record have all happened since the start of the century. In fact, our coldest year […]

Citizens’ assemblies could offer popular support for climate action
Four Ways for Councils to Give Power away Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, July 10, 2019

Since publishing The Community Paradigm in February, a question I get asked more than any other is what community-led services look like in practice. Clearly, there is a hunger out there to understand the mechanics of shifting to a preventative system by giving communities the power and resource to look after their own health and […]

Four Ways for Councils to Give Power away
Wrench public service inspection away from Whitehall and hand it over to local communities Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, July 9, 2019

What is the point of public service inspectorates like Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission? The standard line is that they are there to make sure public sector bodies offer the very best to the communities they serve. But this raises a challenging but rarely asked question: why not let the communities do the inspecting […]

Wrench public service inspection away from Whitehall and hand it over to local communities
Turning Communities into Catalysts for Change Trinley Walker, Senior Policy Researcher, July 9, 2019

A new vision for public services in which communities are placed at the heart of delivery was set out in NLGN’s report The Community Paradigm, published in February this year. Our new report published today is called Community Commissioning: Shaping public services through people power and provides answers on how this power transfer could be […]

Turning Communities into Catalysts for Change
Commissioning power belongs in the hands of the community not the institution Trinley Walker, Senior Policy Researcher, NLGN, July 8, 2019

In February of this year NLGN set out a compelling new vision for public services in The Community Paradigm The report argued that for a preventative approach to public service delivery to be achieved, significant power and resource must shift from institutions to communities. This shift would foment a radically new relationship between citizen and […]

Commissioning power belongs in the hands of the community not the institution