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 […]

Forward Thinking May 12, 2005

Anna Randle, Head of Policy, NLGN Local Government Chronicle Labour’s election manifesto contained many ideas which will affect the future of local government, and a few issues, such as council tax, which were kicked into the long grass for later. But for many in our sector one question remained completely unaddressed: what, if anything, will […]

Where next for the Regions agenda? May 1, 2005

Emily Robinson, Researcher, NLGN Public Service Director Six months on from the death-by-referendum of the regional dream and nothing much has changed. The English regions remain firmly in place, governed by exactly the same collection of agencies, assemblies and consortia as before. The relationships between these different bodies and the other tiers of government are […]

Winning Odds April 28, 2005

Ian Parker, Head of Strategic Communications, NLGN PR Week If the odds being offered by Britain’s turf accountants are any indicator, those who spend election campaigns crystal ball gazing have never had it so good. Granted, even a somewhat hefty flutter on Tony’s Pony (jockey: G. Brown) at odds of 1/20 on won’t bring much […]

Active Citizens April 24, 2005

Warren Hatter, Head of Research, NLGN eGov Monitor Since 1997, we have got used to the idea that “It’s all about delivery”. Informing the development of e-government, this focus has been at the expense of other aspects of the agenda From now on, the perspective needs to be broader; and the wide range of ‘priority […]