The international series: Local government in France Cherilyn Mawby, External Affairs Assistant, August 18, 2017

French government is stereotypically synonymous with strong centralisation and hierarchical structure. This means a comparatively weaker role for local authorities, with France ranked as the 13th least decentralised in the OECD with regards to public spending, and even a slight mistrust of local government. The United Kingdom isn’t far behind, however, ranking as the OECD’s […]

The international series: Local government in France
The Sutton Plan: back to Total Place – and beyond Jessica Crowe, Assistant Director of Customers, Commissioning & Governance, London Borough of Sutton, August 11, 2017

Do you remember the heady days of 2009? Back to one year PA (pre-Austerity), when Total Place pilots were busy mapping total spend across their areas, part of a Treasury mandated national efficiency programme led by Lord Bichard? Happy days! In an attempt to recapture the mood before we had had to take nearly £100m […]

The Sutton Plan: back to Total Place – and beyond
International ideas made local Cherilyn Mawby, External Affairs Assistant, NLGN, August 9, 2017

OECD’s recent ‘Government at a Glance’, published last month, presented an insightful array of data on and challenges for governments across the world. Most notably, the report declared a record low for citizen trust in central government. British citizens’ faith in their government sank to 41 per cent. This evaporation of trust internationally has also […]

International ideas made local
ELIMINATING HEPATITIS C: A MOVE TOWARDS PLACE-BASED HEALTH DELIVERY IN THE UK Stuart Smith, Head of Drug & Alcohol Services, The Hepatitis C Trust, July 28, 2017

In the UK, we’ve been talking for some time now about place-based ‘systems of care’. These are born out of collaboration with other NHS organisations and services to address challenges and improve the health of the populations we serve. At The Hepatitis C Trust, we’ve been making this happen by collaborating with patients and trusted […]

ELIMINATING HEPATITIS C: A MOVE TOWARDS PLACE-BASED HEALTH DELIVERY IN THE UK
Commercialisation: Minimising the risks and maximising the returns Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, NLGN, July 26, 2017

Every now and then a zeitgeist-y term comes along that everyone in local government tasked with planning for the future either knows about, or knows they should know about. ‘Commercialisation’ is one of those buzzwords du jour. In the context of not just funding cuts, but increasingly also outright obfuscation from central government, councils are […]

Commercialisation: Minimising the risks and maximising the returns
How can Britain rebuild its civil society? Abigail Gilbert, published in CityMetric, 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