The bicycle diaries March 18, 2005

Anna Randle, Head of Policy, NLGN Local Government Chronicle Have you ever tried to explain New Localism to a Turkish mini cab driver from South London at 6am on a Monday morning? Heading towards the south coast, loaded up with the kit needed to survive life in West Sussex for a month – bicycle included […]

What makes a PPP successful? March 18, 2005

Warren Hatter, Head of Research, NLGN and Stephen Reeve, University of Brighton PFI/PPP 2005 When the ink on the contract has dried, the real business of partnership delivery starts to take place. Most, if not all analyses of PFI/PPP projects focus on the run-up to contract completion, or stress either an essentially political opinion, or […]

Throroughly modern local government March 17, 2005

Natalie Tarry, Research Officer, NLGN Public Private Finance The modernisation and wider public service reform agenda continues to create challenges for most local authorities. From more responsive and personalised services to social and economic regeneration and community engagement. At the same time, government is seeking greater efficiencies, more value for money and better use of […]

How do we turn a city into a region? March 11, 2005

Gerry Stoker, NLGN Trustee and University of Manchester Local Government Chronicle When the option of a full-blown regional assembly in the North East was rejected last year it took the devolution debate in England back to square one. Did it open up space for the return off the idea of building a more strategic level […]

Fast Forward March 10, 2005

Gerry Stoker, NLGN Trustee and University of Manchester Municipal Journal When it comes to the future of local government, two sets of issues arise. Those that need addressing immediately and those that, dealt with over time, could bring about a truly radical reform of our public services and governance mechanisms. The short term issues flow […]

Personal Services March 9, 2005

Natalie Tarry, Researcher, NLGN It is time to recognise that we can no longer avoid offering personalised and tailored services. ‘One-size-fits-all’ is widely recognised as a failure. Outcomes have certainly never been universal. Choice and personalisation are the new policy mantras and many hype these concepts as the panacea for all problems besetting public […]

No need to be afraid March 7, 2005

Emily Robinson, Researcher, NLGN The Regional Monitor There is something very off-putting about the concept of multi-level governance. Complexity can lead to a loss of accountability, transparency and control. If powers and responsibilities are divided between neighbourhood, local, sub-regional, regional, supra-regional and national tiers of government, then who can citizens depend on to solve their […]

Super-sizing the cities March 4, 2005

Gerry Stoker, NLGN Trustee & University of Manchester Public Finance The basic problem with the local government system in England is that not enough of us really care about what it does. The truth for most voters, most of the time, is that there is not much to care about. In absence of anything else […]