Councils and covid-19: Their response Charlotte Morgan, Senior Policy Researcher, NLGN, March 27, 2020

Local authorities are indispensable in our current crisis and are therefore under enormous pressure. They manage the public services that people are increasingly reliant on, support the most vulnerable people in our communities, and hold information that keeps local people safe and informed. In this time of great uncertainty, councils are taking new, radical and […]

Councils and covid-19: Their response
By spreading blame for covid-19, we forget where the real power lies Luca Tiratelli, Policy Researcher, NLGN, March 27, 2020

These are unsettling times – there is much to fear and much to lament. But of all the developments of the last few weeks, the one that I’ve found most head-in-hands-depressing is the emerging phenomenon of ordinary people blaming each other for the situation we all now find ourselves in. It is a trend that […]

By spreading blame for covid-19, we forget where the real power lies
Defenders of democracy need to wake up urgently to the threat posed by another crisis Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, March 24, 2020

A deep global slowdown is a gift to the authoritarians. Adam Lent argues democrats need to unite around a vision of politically empowered communities to see them off. @adamjlent According to the OECD the world is heading for a humdinger of an economic slowdown. And one thing we know about slowdowns is that they are […]

Defenders of democracy need to wake up urgently to the threat posed by another crisis
With every part of our lives facing upheaval, the only certainty is uncertainty Luca Tiratelli, Policy Researcher, NLGN, March 24, 2020

It feels like only a cliché will do as a title for this article. Maybe this tells you something about my writing ability – but, maybe, just as love-songs on the radio only make sense when you’re in love, apocalyptic clichés do just make more sense now. These truly are strange times. But it’s not […]

With every part of our lives facing upheaval, the only certainty is uncertainty
The pandemic asks big questions of our economy. Now is the time to answer them. Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, March 20, 2020

Adam Lent argues we need to start thinking now about a post-pandemic plan focused on building stronger communities and a resilient economy. As is often the case with a crisis, Britain is channeling the Second World War. Talk of emergency measures, Blitz spirit and rationing abounds. So, with apologies for exacerbating the retro feel, I’m […]

The pandemic asks big questions of our economy. Now is the time to answer them.
Activist Voice: Keeping a Wirral Bathhouse Afloat March 10, 2020

Built in the 1930s, the Grade II-listed Bryne Avenue Baths had fallen into a state of disrepair when the council made plans to knock the building down. That was until a group of local residents started a four-year battle to take on ownership, and restore the baths to their former glory. We speak to Jane […]

Activist Voice: Keeping a Wirral Bathhouse Afloat
Who cares? Women, work and community power Grace Pollard, Senior Policy Researcher, NLGN, March 9, 2020

Women do the vast majority of unpaid care, and are often at the heart of community work. But can community empowerment help create a more egalitarian approach to paid and unpaid caring work – and to society in general? Senior Policy Researcher Grace Pollard explores. Up and down the country, in communities and on the […]

Who cares? Women, work and community power
Elinor Ostrom: The Economist who Proved Community Power Works Simon Kaye , March 8, 2020

Simon Kaye explores the legacy of Elinor Ostrom, the first female Noble-prize-winning economist, who proved that communities can successfully take charge of the assets around them. It’s work that should provide intellectual inspiration and practical principles for people taking on this work today, he writes. All philosophies of governance have their intellectual heroes. Private-for-profit market […]

Elinor Ostrom: The Economist who Proved Community Power Works