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 […]

England expects … April 22, 2005

Gerry Stoker, NLGN Trustee & University of Manchester Public Servant The proudest boast of local government in the UK today is that it is better run than it was when Labour first came to office in 1997. Current scores in the Comprehensive Performance Assessment tables show that most of local government is managed by able […]

Forward Thinking April 14, 2005

Ian Parker, Head of Strategic Communications, NLGN Local Government Chronicle If recent media coverage is anything to go by, I seem to be unique among thirtysomethings in never having been a Dr Who obsessive. Sure I remember the hey-day of Tom Baker, and yes I maybe once dived behind a sofa when the daleks appeared. […]

What price ethics? April 7, 2005

Helen Randall, Chair, NLGN and Partner, Trowers & Hamlins Guardian PUBLIC The legitimacy of including environmental and social considerations in the government’s purchasing decisions has recently assumed greater importance. The United Kingdom now has presidency of the G8 and is seeking to encourage compliance with the Kyoto protocol and to promote sustainable development defined as […]