New Localism on the march July 1, 2005

Anna Randle, Head of Policy, NLGN Local Council Review Town and parish councils could be forgiven for feeling like the poor cousin of their larger local government relations. Dependent upon the goodwill of counties and unitaries to enable them to play a direct role in delivering services, they are often too small, too diverse and […]

New Ways to Modernise July 1, 2005

Natalie Tarry, Research Officer, NLGN Public Service Director Modernisation continues to create challenges for most local authorities. More responsive, customer-focused services, better access, more personalisation and choice in service delivery, social and economic regeneration and community engagement are at the top of the policy agenda. At the same time, the Government is seeking greater efficiencies, […]

Forward Thinking June 30, 2005

Anna Randle, Head of Policy, NLGN Local Government Chronicle In his interview with LGC last week, David Miliband once again took the opportunity to affirm the Government’s commitment to the neighbourhood agenda. He argued it is encouraging that around 160 councils are introducing neighbourhood management, despite the fact that there are only 35 actual pathfinders. […]

Mayors advance the regeneration cause June 10, 2005

Anna Randle, Head of Policy, NLGN Regeneration and Renewal Long term observers of local government may be forgiven for experiencing a strange sense of déjà vu of late. As Labour enters its third term of government, elected mayors are firmly on the policy agenda. The prospect of such figures running our major cities has been […]

The Sudoku shuffle June 1, 2005

Ian Parker, Head of Strategic Communications, NLGN PR Week Now that the stardust has finally begun to settle on our sparkling new government, you could be forgiven for wondering if the commotion surrounding the recent reshuffle had something to do with the craze for Sudoku emerging at the time. Without realising it, the PM may […]

The future of local government June 1, 2005

Anna Randle, Head of Policy, NLGN Local Government News With the General Election now over, the time is ripe to take a step back and gaze into the crystal ball for insights into the future of local government. Except that a great deal of speculative crystal ball-gazing is not actually required. A third term Labour […]

Sticky problems and bigger solutions May 20, 2005

Warren Hatter, Head of Research, NLGN New Start Late May sees the New Local Government Network’s third annual liveability conference. Supported by New Start, the ODPM, Defra and CABE, the focus of this year’s conference is on the practical steps that need to be taken towards greener and safer local environments. On occasions, myself and […]

The new modernisers May 16, 2005

Natalie Tarry, Researcher, NLGN Parliamentary Monitor Trying to define what a successful and modernising local authority looks like is a difficult task. Many different roads lead to success, and the stakes are being continually raised through the introduction of new challenges, such as the Gershon Review and its drive for greater efficiencies, and the onset […]