Local government can rise to the climate change challenge November 30, 2007

Owen Dallison, Researcher Public Sector Executive Central government is going to miss the 2010 20% carbon reduction target with it expected to be nearer 16%. Central government’s self imposed 60% carbon reduction target for 2050 may have to increase to 80% if it is to make a difference. Gordon Brown has asked the climate change […]

Delivering Accountable Local Police Leadership November 29, 2007

Anthony Brand, Researcher, NLGN eGov Monitor Should police authorities be dissolved and their responsibilities transferred over to local authorities? Anthony Brand from New Local Government Network believes that should be the case to improve local involvement and accountability. Crime is the number one issue in Britain for 40% of the population, up from 25% 10 […]

Jams Today November 24, 2007

Nigel Keohane, Researcher, NLGN LGA First Congestion hit prime time television last week (‘Bottleneck Britain’, 12 November, Channel 4). One would have thought that traffic jams would be the last thing that the commuter would wish to return home to. However, the scheduling is indicative of the gravity of the crisis and the broad desire […]

English Local Government: Take-off velocity or holding pattern? November 7, 2007

Dick Sorabji, Deputy Director, NLGN Auckland University of Technology 2007 has already been the busiest year for new policy on local government since Labour came to office in 1997. All announcements have danced around Michael Lyons’ concept of ‘place shaping’. Lyons argued that councils should not be judged on the delivery of specific services, but […]

Any hope for localism from the Queen’s Speech? November 7, 2007

Chris Leslie, Director, NLGN The Guardian There wasn’t a Local Government Bill announced in this week’s Queen’s Speech – not really surprising as Gordon Brown announced his legislative programme for the first time earlier in the summer. So does this mean the Government has nothing new to say about localism and devolution in England? While […]

More Fireworks at the State Opening of Parliament? November 6, 2007

Chris Leslie, Director, NLGN The Yorkshire Post Just over 400 years ago Guy Fawkes tried to disrupt the King’s address to Parliament. We all know what happened then, and it is amazing how many traditions still remain to this day. This year’s Queen’s Speech will be enrobed in the ritual pomp and ceremony of high […]

Next Generation of Staffing for Local Public Services November 6, 2007

Chris Leslie and Nigel Keohane, NLGN Transformation Journal Local government faces a myriad of challenges over the next ten to fifteen years. However, few are more exacting than ensuring that it has the talented workforce able to meet these challenges successfully. Local authorities are currently the largest employment sector in England, providing work for 12.6% […]

Darling’s Decisions – the local impact November 1, 2007

Chris Leslie, Director, NLGN Public Servant Alastair Darling’s first appearance at the Despatch Box as Chancellor certainly caught the headline writers’ attention – not because of quips or especially memorable quotations – but because of the political implications of his announcements for the months ahead. For many working in frontline public services, the consequences of […]