Uncomfortable home truths revealed by NLGN’s latest Leadership Index Sarah Lawson, Policy Researcher, NLGN, April 4, 2019

The UK is facing a homelessness crisis; 1 in 200 people in Britain don’t have a place to call home. This shocking statistic is lived out through the stark rise in rough sleeping, widespread insecure housing, and the reality for many families of temporary accommodation becoming an almost permanent cycle. NLGN’s latest Leadership Index sheds […]

Uncomfortable home truths revealed by NLGN’s latest Leadership Index
Thames Estuary: Who leads local growth? Charlotte Morgan, Policy Researcher, NLGN, April 2, 2019

Last week gave us a brand new entry to the Local Growth Lexicon: the word ‘Envoy’. As part of plans to support “sustainable, inclusive” growth in the Thames Estuary area, the Government announced its intention to “appoint an independent Estuary Envoy to chair the [new] Thames Estuary Growth Board.” Government interest in encouraging local growth […]

Thames Estuary: Who leads local growth?
The opportunity to design out loneliness David Symons, Future Ready Global Leader, Director, WSP, March 29, 2019

“I just found it really difficult to get out and meet people” Mary Evans says. “I was in my first month at university, in a new city surrounded by other freshers and everyone else looked like they were having a great time. And I was hating it.” Mark told us “After my mum died, it […]

The opportunity to design out loneliness
Our public services need communitisation – not privatisation or nationalisation Adam Lent, Director, NLGN - @adamjlent, March 27, 2019

Nationalise or privatise? That has been a classic dividing line for politicians ever since Margaret Thatcher made the latter a core part of her platform in the 1980s. And even though the big privatisations of state-owned assets are long past, it is a choice that lives on every day when public sector managers regularly consider […]

Our public services need communitisation – not privatisation or nationalisation
Mindset Over Matter: Creating a new Community Paradigm Donna Hall CBE, Chair, NLGN (former CEO, Wigan Council), March 19, 2019

Created in 2012 following riots in our inner cities, the Government’s Troubled Families Programme has received praise and criticism in equal measure over the last seven years. Created by the dynamic and straight-talking Dame Louise Casey, it has starkly divided opinion amongst policy makers and practitioners all over the UK. The Troubled Families Programme has […]

Mindset Over Matter: Creating a new Community Paradigm
Silver Sunday: Community catalyst and collaboration inspiration John Barradell, Chief Executive, City of London Corporation and Chairman of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation; Georgina Creighton, Silver Sunday Lead, The Sir Simon Milton Foundation, March 15, 2019

“Thanks for this short bright moment in a very gloomy world” – Silver Sunday guest Last week when I opened the NLGN Annual Conference, I cited “Silver Sunday” as an exemplar of community collaboration in tackling isolation and loneliness among older people. Silver Sunday is a national day for older people. It started in 2012 […]

Silver Sunday: Community catalyst and collaboration inspiration
Courage calls to courage everywhere Josie Cluer, Director - Local Public Services, EY, March 13, 2019

EY is delighted to have sponsored the NLGN’s International Women’s Day speed-mentoring event. 16 inspiring senior women from Local Government and beyond speed mentored over 200 future female leaders about leadership and career progression. At EY we are purpose led: everything we do is about building a better working world. We know the world will […]

Courage calls to courage everywhere
Political Innovation and Community Resilience: Lessons from Latin America Jake Shepherd, Researcher, NLGN, March 12, 2019

As millions of citizens across Latin America are seeing their countries become subject to authoritarian rule, the continent appears an unlikely source of inspiration for political innovation. From Nicolás Maduro’s illegitimate dictatorship of Venezuela to Daniel Ortega’s campaign of oppression in Nicaragua, as well as the election of far-right Jain Bolsonaro in Brazil, there are […]

Political Innovation and Community Resilience: Lessons from Latin America