Gordon’s New Machinery of Government? February 23, 2007

Chris Leslie, Director, NLGN Public Servant The imminent transition from Blair to Brown has sparked increasing speculation about the downstream consequences for the machinery of Government, some speculation more frenzied than others. If Gordon Brown acted so swiftly with Bank of England independence the day he assumed office at the Treasury, wouldn’t this suggest even […]

Yorkshire’s Voice in Parliament February 19, 2007

Chris Leslie, Director, NLGN Yorkshire Post Jack Straw’s recent White Paper on House of Lords Reform adds another sheaf of possible ideas for breaking the century-long deadlock about how our national Parliament should be composed. Most members of the public understand that their MPs and Government Ministers in the House of Commons are ultimately the […]

Is 2007 the year to start sharing? February 14, 2007

Anthony Brand, Researcher, NLGN Public Sector Executive 2007 could prove to be either a difficult or exciting year for those involved with local government. The white paper offered glimpses of the devolution that has long been promised and Lyons could fundamentally change the way that local authorities raise and manage their finances. These are positive […]

A crucial year January 16, 2007

Chris Leslie, Director, NLGN SocietyGuardian.co.uk This year looks set to be a game of two halves for local government, most likely a feverish six-month wait for the summer’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) and change of prime minister, followed by a torrent of reforms from Gordon Brown, determined to be seen to govern in a new […]

Pressure is on to share and save January 8, 2007

Public Servant Anthony Brand, Researcher, NLGN Despite local government funding having increased by 39% in grant under Labour, pressure remains on local authorities to demonstrate clear efficiency savings. Next year’s eagerly awaited Comprehensive Spending Review will tighten their belt even further. Local authorities are increasingly expected to deliver more for less, beyond the £6.45billion savings […]

Don’t diss the districts January 4, 2007

Chris Lesie, Director, NLGN Guardian Public Shared services are currently one of the main topics of conversations across the public sector, particularly as local government looks to tighten its belt and deliver the savings expected by Gershon and CSR07. Yet the results of these ventures can be imprecise and variable, with relatively few clear cut […]

Efficiency Drive December 6, 2006

PPP Bulletin Anthony Brand, Researcher, NLGN NLGN’s Anthony Brand calls on the private sector to help increase authorities’ trust of shared services “Something must be done!” – the war cry of the British politician. In recent months it has been hollered increasingly in the direction of efficiency, cost savings and smarter procurement. This push has […]

When choice isn’t fair? November 18, 2006

Chris Leslie, Director, NLGN Inside Housing Recent years have seen a fundamental shift in the purpose of local authorities, from being direct providers of services, to institutions that facilitate and support others on territory over which they are now expected to offer ‘community leadership’. Of all the services ‘lost’, housing is perhaps the most well […]