Brown’s business model for public service delivery November 1, 2007

Chris Leslie, Director, NLGN Guardian Public Ever since becoming Prime Minister this summer, Gordon Brown hasn’t stopped running, dealing with crises and national emergencies, followed by the trickiness of the decision not to hold a General Election and the Spending Review hot on its heels. Most commentators agree that his decision to put off polling […]

Brown Governing Britain: a chance for localism? October 22, 2007

Chris Leslie, Director, New Local Government Network Parliamentary Monitor So what’s the verdict on Gordon Brown’s first hundred days as Prime Minister? Although some may say it is too early to tell, not least because of the Parliamentary recess over the summer, most commentators seem to be united in their praise for the new Prime […]

Local leadership makes the difference on waste October 1, 2007

Chris Leslie Urbanmines.org.uk Flash flooding, eco-towns, political leaders clamouring for the green vote – climate change is at the heart of the news agenda and the centre of the policy contest. Within this, of course, the issue of waste remains a key battleground. In the local government world at least, we know that waste cannot […]

Regionalism redefined October 1, 2007

Chris Leslie, Director, New Local Government Network Public Servant It must have been one of the longest acronyms in Government review history; the SNREDR – otherwise known as the Sub-National Review of Economic Development and Regeneration, was launched to an unsuspecting public just before the summer Parliamentary recess. And while constitutional documents like this (for […]

Charging for Rubbish? September 25, 2007

Anthony Brand, Senior Researcher Westminster and Whitehall In the last few months the waste agenda has been pushed to the forefront of the national media. Increasing environmental awareness and the drive to cut carbon emissions have forced us to look more closely at the amount of waste we produce and the way in which it […]

What’s playing on Gordon’s mind? September 24, 2007

Chris Leslie, Director, New Local Government Network Yorkshire Post If a week is a long time in politics, then Labour’s conference in Bournemouth could well set the scene for the next five years ahead. There is much speculation about a possible General Election in the autumn should the Prime Minister seek a public mandate before […]

Making sound government a local issue September 13, 2007

Dick Sorabji, Deputy director, NLGN Policy Review Proposed constitutional reform will involve a shift away from central government control In the four weeks between becoming Prime Minister and the start of the summer recess Gordon’s Brown’s government made 40 policy announcements. They did not have the words local government in the title. Yet a closer […]

LABGI August 16, 2007

Anthony Brand, Researcher, NLGN Regeneration and Renewal Another victory was won for local financial freedom last week as the High Court ruled against CLG and for two local authorities. Corby and Slough councils have been claiming entitlement to additional payments from CLG through the Local Authority Business Growth Incentive (LABGI). The disagreements concerned whether the […]