The NHS at 70: We need to look beyond the symptoms of this patient in distress Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, NLGN, January 3, 2018

The “NHS at breaking point” media furore has become a fixture on our winter calendar as regular as Christmas and New Year. Hospitals at full capacity, patients experiencing substandard care, the elderly and vulnerable hit the hardest. The basic story zooms in and out of media focus – the latest headlines will no doubt remain […]

The NHS at 70: We need to look beyond the symptoms of this patient in distress
Transformation Through Automation Martin Ruane, Programme Director, ENGIE, December 12, 2017

Earlier this year, NLGN and ENGIE launched the Tomorrow’s Places report focusing on how councils can practically use technology-led infrastructure, data analytics, and networks for better outcomes. The research highlighted the potential for technology to help local government transform places and create more sustainable and empowered communities. For ENGIE, robotic process automation (RPA) is a […]

Transformation Through Automation
Share the Health: Extending the reach of public health to economic development Lucy Terry, Senior Researcher, December 4, 2017

It’s hard to find a part of local government that doesn’t affect our health in some way. From support for children and parents, to the maintenance of local parks and leisure centres, and the development of new housing – all of these have considerable influence over people’s physical or mental health. In recognition of this, […]

Share the Health: Extending the reach of public health to economic development
Overcoming barriers to inclusive growth in practice Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, NLGN, November 29, 2017

Last week’s Budget confirmed more grim economic news. Downgraded forecasts predict sluggish growth into the 2020s and productivity remains stagnant, and with it living standards which have now plateaued for a decade. So there is a twin challenge to achieve not just sustainable growth – which expands the overall level of economic activity in our […]

Overcoming barriers to inclusive growth in practice
Budget 2017: The only certainty for local government is continued uncertainty Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, NLGN, November 22, 2017

This article was first published in Civil Service World. The Budget was a mixed bag for local government. Councils face financial uncertainty after 2020, with grant funding still reducing, the definition of “fair funding” still pending and the prospect of business rates retention still dangling. The Chancellor recognised the priority to give businesses the ability […]

Budget 2017: The only certainty for local government is continued uncertainty
An agenda-shifting Budget – if a little underwhelming Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, November 22, 2017

This was first published in the MJ This was the moment a British government finally got serious about the most pressing social problem facing the UK: our dysfunctional housing market. It is an issue on which a long line of Prime Ministers and chancellors have talked loudly while wielding a rather small policy stick. Today […]

An agenda-shifting Budget – if a little underwhelming
The Public Sector Reform Recipe for Success Donna Hall, November 13, 2017

In 2012, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said that Wigan Council was the third worst affected council by austerity in the UK. We realised that we couldn’t continue to operate as we were. We also knew that by simply closing a few libraries, changing bin collections and reducing school crossing patrols we weren’t going to […]

The Public Sector Reform Recipe for Success