New developments are strong, resilient communities – not just a collection of buildings Cllr David Finch, March 23, 2017

At Essex County Council we are passionate about making a positive contribution to the lives of Essex residents and businesses. It is what we exist for. The qualities of the places around us play an important role in our lives. The NLGN Building Homes, Growing Communities report distils the existing evidence about the impact of […]

New developments are strong, resilient communities – not just a collection of buildings
Collaboration – the way forward to deliver Tomorrow’s Places Robert Cunliffe, Sales and Marketing Director - Cities & Communities, ENGIE , March 22, 2017

Local government faces a funding gap of £5.8 billion by 2019/20. At the launch of NLGN’s latest research report Tomorrow’s Places, Theo Blackwell, Councillor at LB Camden, stated “Technology will help us balance the books if we do it in the right way”. The report recommends that councils embrace social innovation and collaboration to support […]

Collaboration – the way forward to deliver Tomorrow’s Places
Breaking through the glass ceiling Claire Porter, The MJ, March 16, 2017

On International Women’s Day this year, we celebrated the role of women in the local government workforce, and the importance of diversity in policy-making. We made three short films full of advice and experiences from women across the country, at all stages in their local government careers. We received incredible footage of reflection and advice […]

Breaking through the glass ceiling
Stop partnering, start doing Ian Parry, Deputy Leader, Staffordshire Council, March 16, 2017

Most councils indulge in partnerships, but how many actually achieve what they were set up to do? As a county council, our oldest partnership is with our unitary city and our 8 districts and boroughs, both separately and collectively. We all aim to get better at being more joined up and share information or try […]

Stop partnering, start doing
trust, politics and social care in an age of fake news Alex Fox OBE, March 15, 2017

I know someone who’s renowned for his scepticism. The only problem is, he’s now so sceptical that he doesn’t feel able to trust anything. People who post videos on YouTube seem to have as much, or little, credibility as professional journalists. After all, journalists can succumb to group think. And who’s paying them, anyway? The […]

trust, politics and social care in an age of fake news
Achieving gender equality ‘is not the responsibility of women alone’ Claire Porter, The Planner , March 14, 2017

“Too many areas of policy covered by local government are male dominated – infrastructure, highways, planning… the most important thing is to put women in positions of responsibility in those areas, leading by example, reflecting the needs of their communities, and making a difference.” These striking words from Councillor Judith Blake summarise what we know […]

Achieving gender equality ‘is not the responsibility of women alone’
“Cities are designed by men, for men”: why local government needs more female leadership Claire Porter, Citymetric, March 10, 2017

Cities are largely designed by men, and for men. There is nothing unusual in this – we instinctively design, plan and make policy that reflects our own experiences and biases. However, this has led to places that don’t work as well for women as they should. This has safety implications: clearly anyone who de-prioritises the […]

“Cities are designed by men, for men”: why local government needs more female leadership
Budget reaction: Short term fixes or long term solutions? Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, March 8, 2017

The Chancellor’s first Budget, and the first following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, needed to shore up the domestic economy, particularly against structural challenges of weak productivity and our ageing population. So how do the announcements affect local government? The increasingly fraught issue of business rates as revaluation kicks in next month was […]

Budget reaction: Short term fixes or long term solutions?