Something happening in the ‘hood June 15, 2006

James MacGregor, Researcher, NLGN Municipal Journal As the Department for Communities and Local Government reflects on the challenges of replacing the ODPM, we are presented with an opportunity to revisit two fundamental questions – what powers can effectively be devolved to neighbourhoods? And what will this cost? The possibility of convincing central government and parliament […]

Local Political Accountability June 8, 2006

Dick Sorabji, Head of Policy, NLGN Public Servant Sir Michael Lyons has decided that his reform plan cannot work unless political leadership becomes stronger. His demanding “place-shaping” remit asks political leaders to seize the role of strategic leader and effectively convene local partners. Leaders will have a tougher job if they are to deliver on […]

The Nature of our Discontent May 2, 2006

Chris Leslie, Director, NLGN SocietyGuardian.co.uk Most people who vote BNP are protesting their social disempowerment, writes Chris Leslie A classic dilemma faces mainstream politicians when deciding how to tackle the rogue threat of extremists such as the British National Party. Do you rise above the gutter, but fret privately about complacency, or do you confront […]

Neighbourhood Procurement April 3, 2006

James MacGregor, Researcher, NLGN Government Opportunities magazine The question of the place of neighbourhoods, or sub-ward level governance, in a new settlement for local government is becoming ever more immediate. With the new and improved Lyons Inquiry in the offing, and the near certainty of a White Paper for local government in the early summer, […]

City Regions March 23, 2006

Ian Parker, Head of Strategic Communications, NLGN PR Week The New Local Government Network has recently launched a ‘City Regions Commission’. Over the next few months a panel of local government luminaries, academics and business voices will consider potential new models of local governance for the UK, based around the idea of expanded city structures. […]

Doorstep Democracy March 17, 2006

Chris Leslie, Director, NLGN progress It is the worry of local councillors throughout the ages: for all their efforts, carefully implemented council policies, casework, surgeries and doorstep campaigning, do the voters take a blind bit of notice when matched with the swirling vortex of national politics? Judging from the coverage of the local elections (masked […]

Follow the regional road March 3, 2006

Chris Leslie, Director, NLGN Public Finance Whitehall policy watchers might have been bemused of late to see someone other than the New Local Government Network (NLGN) advocating elected mayors for some of the UK’s major cities. The call from the Centre for Cities certainly brought a wry smile to those at NLGN who remember the […]

‘New Localism’ has taken political root March 2, 2006

Ian Parker, Head of Strategic Communications, NLGN PR Week Five years ago this week, I accepted an offer from a local government think tank to run its new communications unit. With links to some of the UK policy community’s more radical thinkers and a reputation for saying the unsayable in the more Jurassic corners of […]