What’s playing on Gordon’s mind? September 24, 2007

Chris Leslie, Director, New Local Government Network Yorkshire Post If a week is a long time in politics, then Labour’s conference in Bournemouth could well set the scene for the next five years ahead. There is much speculation about a possible General Election in the autumn should the Prime Minister seek a public mandate before […]

Making sound government a local issue September 13, 2007

Dick Sorabji, Deputy director, NLGN Policy Review Proposed constitutional reform will involve a shift away from central government control In the four weeks between becoming Prime Minister and the start of the summer recess Gordon’s Brown’s government made 40 policy announcements. They did not have the words local government in the title. Yet a closer […]

LABGI August 16, 2007

Anthony Brand, Researcher, NLGN Regeneration and Renewal Another victory was won for local financial freedom last week as the High Court ruled against CLG and for two local authorities. Corby and Slough councils have been claiming entitlement to additional payments from CLG through the Local Authority Business Growth Incentive (LABGI). The disagreements concerned whether the […]

Flocking to Follow August 16, 2007

Dick Sorabji, Deputy Director, NLGN The Municipal Journal Continuity or change? Whether on Iraq, or housing, Gordon Brown has already shown that he can deliver both without contradiction. So is there a continuity and change programme for local government and what does it mean for the direction set by the local government white paper? There […]

Gordon Brown and Local Government August 8, 2007

Dick Sorabji, Deputy Director, NLGN Public Servant The new Prime Minister is already making moves towards devolution. Once again national figures are suggesting local government is part of the solution in policy areas like housing and economic growth. Wider legislation on constitutional reform is promised. The new tone gives local leaders reason to be optimistic; […]

Come Together August 3, 2007

Dr Victoria Barbary, Researcher, NLGN Progress PCTs need more freedom to collaborate with local councils Primary Care Trusts were introduced in 2002 to increase local freedom and decision-making power in health provision, reduce health inequalities and improve community health. Many PCTs, however, have struggled to fulfil these roles because they have been in an almost […]

Chips down, bottom up July 31, 2007

James Hulme, Head of Communications, NLGN Progress Local communities should have a decisive say in how they regenerate The Government’s recent announcement to review the building of a supercasino in Manchester marks the end of a very British controversy. While these dens of gambling might be welcome in other parts of Europe and America, plans […]

Time to rethink local flooding solutions July 30, 2007

Chris Leslie, Director, NLGN Yorkshire Post It is hard to overstate the upheaval and upset caused to thousands of families by the flooding across the country in recent weeks. The disruption to the ordinary routines of individuals and businesses is compounded by the chaos affecting event and service planning, not to mention the sudden demand […]