Spending Review: Time to unite, time to think bigger Tony Smith, June 1, 2018

This is a critical year for local government. The Spending Review, the social care green paper and decisions on funding the NHS are all individually important, but collectively they could be game changing. There is an opportunity to set a new, more sustainable course and to provide much needed clarity on the future role and […]

Spending Review: Time to unite, time to think bigger
Rethinking Public-Private Partnerships Trinley Walker, Senior Policy Researcher, NLGN, May 30, 2018

Attention is increasingly focussing on how public services are delivered and what roles the public and private sectors should have. Budgetary pressures, an ageing society and the looming fallout from Brexit, have injected further urgency into the debate around who is best placed to provide core public services. New and innovative models of delivery are […]

Rethinking Public-Private Partnerships
Local Government squabbling will blow chances of better deal Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, May 30, 2018

This article first appeared on the Local Government Chronicle website on 30th May 2018 You don’t need to trawl the archives of The New York Times to know that a 2,500 word special on the Knowsley Council wards of Prescot East and Prescot West is somewhat out of the ordinary. Sadly, the reason for this […]

Local Government squabbling will blow chances of better deal
Innovating Redbridge: What is the new role of local government? Abigail Gilbert, Policy and Projects Officer, London Borough of Redbridge, May 29, 2018

Is the state still essentially a convenor of service provision – whether in house or indirectly delivered? Or does the future demand a different model altogether, which involves a more open democratic engagement, involving citizens, civil society and businesses who are empowered to collectively design the future for their community? If it’s the former, this […]

Innovating Redbridge: What is the new role of local government?
Numbers and Knowledge Merran McRae, Chief Executive, Wakefield Council, May 25, 2018

Whitehall and Local Government often seem fixated on numbers, metrics and targets, as a trigger for focus and action, show to residents, and to satisfy inspectorates as to just exactly what councils have achieved for their residents and areas through their efforts. The nadir of this fixation across English local government was probably the first […]

Numbers and Knowledge
Tackling social isolation requires intergenerational response Erica Belcher, Research Intern, NLGN, May 23, 2018

Whilst recent events have placed emphasis on generational differences– particularly between millennials and older baby-boomers – intergenerational Homeshare schemes are addressing a problem that cuts across the perceived generational divide, and are gaining increased traction among Local Authorities. The lack of affordable housing (both owner occupied and privately rented) is having a worrying effect on […]

Tackling social isolation requires intergenerational response
The problem with prevention Sarah Lawson, Policy Researcher, NLGN, May 22, 2018

Prevention has become a bit of a buzzword. As public services struggle to meet demand alongside widespread funding cuts, increasingly people are recognising the need to focus on the factors that lead people to these services in the first place. The NHS is a classic example – current pressures have led to prevention becoming embedded […]

The problem with prevention
We need to start talking about fiscal devolution… Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, May 18, 2018

This week Seattle’s City Council voted unanimously to levy a new tax on large businesses to help address the city’s homelessness problems. Through negotiation and consensus-building, a democratically-elected local assembly agreed a new financial levy to address a pressing social need. While this might appear to be the result of a mature deliberative process, such […]

We need to start talking about fiscal devolution…