The Three futures for Local Government Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, April 24, 2017

Since Theresa May took over as Prime Minister, local councils have increasingly understood that their future now resides in their own hands. The devolution agenda, once driven by the former Chancellor, has severely lost energy. Instead, the new Government has been heavily focused on Brexit and the economy leaving both public services and local government […]

The Three futures for Local Government
Brexit, GE17 and Beyond Top down Economic Regeneration: ‘that growth was never for me anyway’ Abigail Gilbert, Researcher, NLGN, April 21, 2017

Yesterday NLGN hosted a roundtable with senior local government executives and a handful of academics to discuss ‘place based policy’ after Brexit. The starting point of the discussion was work by Will Jennings and Gerry Stoker of the University of Southampton. Over the last few years, their work has explored the relationship between socially liberal […]

Brexit, GE17 and Beyond Top down Economic Regeneration: ‘that growth was never for me anyway’
NLGN’s Manifesto for localising GE17: Devolution Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, April 19, 2017

One entirely unforeseen consequence of last year’s referendum was the brakes being put on the devolution locomotive. Despite Government protestations to the contrary, May and Hammond have shown little of the true-believer enthusiasm exhibited by Cameron and Osborne. As a result, the already tortuous process of devolution deal-making has slowed further and in some cases […]

NLGN’s Manifesto for localising GE17: Devolution
NLGN’s Manifesto for localising GE17: Public Services Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, April 18, 2017

Like it or not this will be the Brexit Election: a strange sort of quasi-referendum on the decision made in a previous referendum and everything that has happened since. But if that’s all this election ends up being about, it will be a dangerous missed opportunity. With courage and honesty from the candidates for the […]

NLGN’s Manifesto for localising GE17: Public Services
International Lessons for Place-based Health Sam Shorto, Former Events & External Affairs Assistant, NLGN, April 6, 2017

NLGN’s recent Place-based Health conference brought together many experts in local and national healthcare to discuss the need to move away from reactive health services, towards holistic, place-based systems – and the practical changes needed to make this happen. If advocates of this approach are to be successful, they will need to collaborate and take […]

International Lessons for Place-based Health
Collaboration supports mutual understanding Lucy Terry, Senior Researcher, NLGN, March 30, 2017

We recently published our report on improving the productivity of councils, with a focus on collaboration. It’s been an interesting time to look at productivity in local government. Councils are at a point where they’ve already taken many of the obvious solutions. Anyone working in local government will be familiar with them: widespread workforce restructures, […]

Collaboration supports mutual understanding
Making Brexit Work Locally Xilonem Clarke and Claire Mansfield, March 29, 2017

The letter has been sent. The deed is done. But today is really just the beginning. Whether you are watching today’s events begrudging, jubilantly, with denial, or even boredom it is impossible to ignore the forceful eruption of a national conversation around the public’s dissatisfaction with our current systems of representation, decision-making, and accountability. The […]

Making Brexit Work Locally
Creating ‘place’ in seven steps David Evans, Director and Daniel Jackson, Head of Research, The Campaign Company, March 27, 2017

In recent years, the word ‘place’ has become a bit of a buzzword in the local government sector. Terms like ‘place-leadership’, ‘place-branding’ and ‘place-building’ are now ubiquitous in strategy documents and comms plans – used to imply a more responsive type of authority. Councils often describe themselves as ‘places’ – as opposed to ‘organisations’. For […]

Creating ‘place’ in seven steps