Why social mobility must remain inclusive Sanmeet Kaur, Events and External Affairs Intern, August 17, 2018

At the heart of any social mobility agenda lies the notion that there is a route out of poverty. For many, it is our education system that equips those from disadvantaged backgrounds with the necessary skills and qualifications to compete in the labour market. Although 2017 marked the year that 18 year olds from all […]

Why social mobility must remain inclusive
A persistently high demand for children’s services Pawda Tjoa, Senior Researcher, August 16, 2018

The demand pressures on children’s services have been rising up the policy agenda. There have been repeated calls to the government to allocate more resources to supporting children’s services. The LGA, National Children’s Bureau, the Children’s Society and Action for Children have all warned the government about an “unprecedented surge in demand leaving services across […]

A persistently high demand for children’s services
Five key insights from the latest NLGN Leadership Index Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, NLGN, August 9, 2018

Local government finance has been making headlines recently, for all the wrong reasons. As news broke that Northamptonshire County Council is now considering a “radical plan” to cut back services to the minimum, increasingly questions are being raised about the wider health of the local government sector. The Northants case is an outlier, having issued […]

Five key insights from the latest NLGN Leadership Index
Housing Delivery Vehicles Clive Bleasdale, Partner and Head of Local Government Real Estate, Weightmans, August 6, 2018

The delivery of new housing in the current economic and political climate is more challenging than ever. The issue of housing supply, particularly the demand for more affordable housing, continues to dominate the news agenda. So how do local authorities secure the delivery of the right homes in their area? In a bid to find […]

Housing Delivery Vehicles
Why are there still so few women in the cabinet? Vanessa Schneider, External Affairs Officer, NLGN, July 27, 2018

As Brexit rows continues to dominate the news, feminism may not be high on the agenda of the current Prime Minister, Theresa May. There are many competing interests the PM needs to satisfy, such as keeping the Cabinet balanced with MPs in favour of remaining in or leaving the EU. Nevertheless, she surely could have […]

Why are there still so few women in the cabinet?
Preventing violence on our streets needs early intervention and local leadership Geethika Jayatilaka, CEO, Chance UK, July 20, 2018

The surge in violent crime over the last year has left policy makers scrabbling to respond in a meaningful way. The plethora of initiatives announced over the last year – The Home Office Violent Crime Strategy, the cross party Youth Violence Commission, the London Knife Crime Strategy – all stand testament to how difficult it […]

Preventing violence on our streets needs early intervention and local leadership
New youth group helps young people cope with stresses of the day Councillor Jenny Bullen, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People’s Services, Wigan Council, July 19, 2018

It can be challenging to be a young person today. The issues causing stress amongst our teenagers range from community to community. We’ve learned that young people involved in our youth justice system are often witnessing domestic abuse at home. We’ve seen an increase in young people from our LGBTQ+ communities and young women developing […]

New youth group helps young people cope with stresses of the day
Building more than public trust in public private partnerships Sarah Lawson, Policy Researcher, NLGN, July 17, 2018

Last week saw another report released in the wake of Carillion’s collapse. “After Carillion: Public sector outsourcing and contracting”, a new report from the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, offers valuable insights to guide the future of public private partnerships (PPPs). These range from the importance of focusing on the quality of outcomes over […]

Building more than public trust in public private partnerships