Go for the panda-angle for national coverage August 10, 2005

Ian Parker, Head of Strategic Communications, NLGN PR Week London-locked as I tend to be these days, I was out of town during early July and missed at first hand both high and low of the Olympic vote and the bombings. Despite rolling news and regular phone contact, it felt pretty strange being 200 miles […]

Forward Thinking August 4, 2005

Warren Hatter, Head of Research, NLGN Local Government Chronicle People take good public services for granted. And so they should. But this poses a problem for people in the policy world when we see investment rise and delivery improve, while polling-based levels of satisfaction with services stubbornly stay put or even decline. In these circumstances, […]

It’s not rocket science August 4, 2005

Natalie Tarry, Research Manager, NLGN Community Care The modernisation of social care services has recently received a boost through the Adult Social Care Green paper. With a focus on individualised budgets, the extension of direct payments, more emphasis on prevention, new technologies, local partnership working and new roles for care staff, the choice agenda in […]

Earned Autonomy July 23, 2005

Warren Hatter, Head of Research, NLGN First magazine Let’s face facts – two, to be precise. First, local authorities will have to earn their autonomy for the foreseeable future. We will make more progress by recognising this than by arguing for a new constitutional settlement to give local government sovereignty as of right. Second, ministers […]

Don’t run down a chance to build July 15, 2005

Warren Hatter, Head of Research, NLGN Public Servant An Englishman’s home, so they say, is his castle. One problem for local government is that so many local authority services are housed in ageing premises so unsuited to modern service delivery that they might as well be medieval castles. I am exaggerating, of course. But we […]

On reflection, all politics is local after all July 6, 2005

Ian Parker, Head of Strategic Communications, NLGN PR Week Having long adopted an ‘all politics is local’ take on life, the past few weeks have had me doubting my own hackneyed wisdom. Notwithstanding the global media dimension to last Saturday’s entertainment in Hyde Park, the issues at stake have appeared genuinely anything but local in […]

Support your local gunfighter July 6, 2005

Anna Randle, Head of Policy, NLGN The House Magazine Hard as it is to believe, there was a time around 2000-2001 when many people thought elected mayors were about to transform the governance of the UK’s major towns and cities. Supporters of the idea wrote about the deficit in leadership, vision and accountability that mayors […]

Evaluation Lessons July 1, 2005

Kiran Dhillon, Council Relationship Manager, NLGN Regeneration and Renewal BACKGROUND Project: Local Government Modernisation Agenda Period of Evaluation: 2002/03 – 2008/09 Evaluating Organisation: Centre for Local and Regional Government Research at Cardiff University Evaluation Commissioned by: Office of Deputy Prime Minster Aim and outline of project: The 1998 and 2001 White Papers introduced more than […]