Three headlines from NLGN’s latest Leadership Index Sarah Lawson, Policy Researcher, NLGN, October 25, 2018

The latest NLGN Leadership Index paints a stark picture of local government’s capacity to weather the current challenges facing the sector and those on the horizon. Our regular survey of chief executives, leaders and council mayors voices concerns from across the UK for core public service delivery amidst councils’ diminishing confidence in their powers and […]

Three headlines from NLGN’s latest Leadership Index
OCTOBER LEADERSHIP INDEX October 25, 2018

NLGN’s Leadership Index provides insights into the level of confidence on key issues affecting local government, based on the perception of chief executives, leaders and council mayors. NLGN Leadership Index October 2018 illustrates councils’ diminishing confidence in their powers and resources to deliver social care services and an almost universal projected rise in council tax. […]

OCTOBER LEADERSHIP INDEX
The Budget must overturn a catastrophic policy error made eight years ago Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, October 24, 2018

In 2008, Alistair Darling’s Autumn Statement as Chancellor of the Exchequer contained two bombshells. The first being that he was spending £200bn to keep the economy afloat following the financial crash of a few weeks earlier. The second was his forecast that many years of cuts would follow to get the public finances back to […]

The Budget must overturn a catastrophic policy error made eight years ago
Is the answer to the UK’s productivity puzzle a focus on area type? Melissa Macdonald, Research Intern, NLGN, October 23, 2018

As policymakers scratch their heads over how to tackle the UK’s productivity challenge, is a focus on regional disparities too blunt an approach? As this blog argues, an understanding of the distinct characteristics of area type within regions could shed new insights on appropriate policy responses. The UK is in the midst of a productivity […]

Is the answer to the UK’s productivity puzzle a focus on area type?
Taking local action on climate change Mathew Jellings, Business Development Director, ENGIE, October 16, 2018

Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released their report into the effects of global warming and confirmed what many have suspected for some time – that global warming is accelerating even faster than predicted three years ago in the seminal Paris Agreement. Personally, it seems obtuse how slowly governments are reacting to […]

Taking local action on climate change
Transforming the relationship between councils and citizens Matt Skinner, Managing Director, FutureGov, October 12, 2018

On 18 July 2018, NLGN partnered with FutureGov to host our latest Innovation Exchange at their offices in London. All of our Innovation Exchanges produce a detailed Insights Report available exclusively to NLGN members. This is the Foreword to the latest Insights Report, written by Matt Skinner, Managing Director of FutureGov. FutureGov was delighted to […]

Transforming the relationship between councils and citizens
A route map to changemaking partnerships between the public and private sectors Sarah Lawson, policy researcher, NLGN, October 10, 2018

The role of the private sector in the delivery of public services has been under intense scrutiny of late. It has been a year overshadowed by high-profile failings, perhaps most notably the collapse of Carillion. But while this could provide the impetus for a radical rethink, the national political debate is divided along party lines […]

A route map to changemaking partnerships between the public and private sectors
£240m won’t do it. Councils need a share of the £20.5bn promised to the NHS to make social care sustainable Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, NLGN, October 2, 2018

It’s become a familiar scene. Minister makes “major” announcement of new funding for social care in the realm of many millions. Sector responds that what is needed is in the realm of many billions. Government cites arcane local government finance mechanisms as a quite brilliant distraction from a proper solution because no-one really understands them. […]

£240m won’t do it. Councils need a share of the £20.5bn promised to the NHS to make social care sustainable