The BNP may have gone but communities are more vulnerable to unforeseen sparks Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, April 18, 2018

This article first appeared in the LGC on 17 April 2018 The news that the British National Party no longer has any representation in local government following the resignation of its last remaining councillor has been welcomed across the political spectrum. It is probably the last nail for a Party that a decade ago could […]

The BNP may have gone but communities are more vulnerable to unforeseen sparks
Innovative Ways Local Authorities are Tackling Homelessness Zoe Abel, Research Intern, NLGN, April 9, 2018

Homelessness is a growing issue for local authorities – both rough sleeping and helping those in precarious housing situations. Since 2010, rough sleeping in England has increased by 168 per cent and the number of households in temporary accommodation reached 78,930 at the end of 2017 – a 60 per cent increase since 2011. In […]

Innovative Ways Local Authorities are Tackling Homelessness
Council tax disparity – a cause for concern? Dan Bates, pixelfinancial, March 29, 2018

Yesterday (28 March), the Government released Council Tax statistics for 2018/19. It won’t surprise you to know that the majority of local authorities have taken advantage of the additional percentage point increase, from 2% to 3%, in the Council Tax referendum limit. Three quarters of all authorities have increased the main part of their Council […]

Council tax disparity – a cause for concern?
Is Extra Funding for the NHS the Right Call? Adam Lent, Director, NLGN. First appeared in LGC, March 29, 2018

How should we regard the NHS as it celebrates its 70th year? A much-loved elderly aunt who offers nothing but care and support to an increasingly demanding family despite being rather down on her financial luck? Or something more like the septuagenarian occupant of the White House: an over-fed attention seeker who constantly disrupts any […]

Is Extra Funding for the NHS the Right Call?
Javid should beware of catching the reorganisation bug Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, March 9, 2018

Just in case he was thinking of launching a new wave of council reorganisation, it might be a good idea for Sajid Javid to examine the Finnish education system. Regularly at or near the top of the OECD’s annual ranking of education performance, the country has become a mecca for those seeking pedagogic wisdom. But […]

Javid should beware of catching the reorganisation bug
Authoritative or bossy? Claire Porter, Head of External Affairs, NLGN, March 8, 2018

Local government is undergoing a cultural renaissance. In many councils the culture is shifting away from a top down style of management to one of openness, collaboration, and self-determination. This fundamental culture shift is a key opportunity for women. It is a chance to assess whether the qualities we normally value in leadership are the […]

Authoritative or bossy?
How do working women find the time to care? Helen Sunderland, Director - Local Public Services Team, EY, March 8, 2018

It is 217 years to gender parity according to the World Economic Forum – 47 more than last year. To have a chance of closing the gap more quickly, we need to think differently about supporting women and families to balance home life commitments whilst still progressing successful careers. ‘Sandwich carers’ or the ‘sandwich generation’ […]

How do working women find the time to care?
What’s the sexiest job in local government? Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, NLGN, March 2, 2018

I know what you’re thinking. Where to start, right? The sector is full of glamour. There’s the high-flying chief executive, at the pinnacle of a local government career – a figurehead of the staff, working closely with politicians, negotiating hard with civil servants – that’s all pretty cool stuff. Or there are the whizzy strategists, […]

What’s the sexiest job in local government?