We need politicians to be really honest with people: on the gaps in the housing white paper Claire Porter, Head of External Affairs, Adam Lent, Director, New Local Government Network, February 8, 2017

This was not a housing white paper that would see the chancellor in a hard hat being gleefully greeted by a happy major house builder. The narrative is markedly different to that of previous governments, and lays responsibility for the housing crisis in a multitude of directions – rather than at the feet of the […]

We need politicians to be really honest with people: on the gaps in the housing white paper
the case for place: making health and care reform a reality Dr Henry Kippin, Chief Executive, Collaborate and Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, NLGN, February 2, 2017

England’s health and social care crisis is not only financial – it is a challenge to politics and society too. It represents a crisis of confidence about doing what needs to be done for citizens over the long term – asking tough questions and imagining a different course of action. Debates about austerity and now […]

the case for place: making health and care reform a reality
A more collaborative immigration policy? Abigail Gilbert, Researcher, NLGN, February 1, 2017

For many years national politicians have avoided the question of ‘British Identity’ as connected to a set of values or principles. Instead, ‘we’ have known ourselves through economic terms, comparative to other nations, on the basis of our financial prosperity and business prowess. Yet this narrative or story of who we are clearly does not […]

A more collaborative immigration policy?
Creative, courageous and innovative – the council workforce of tomorrow Lucy Terry, Senior Researcher and Claire Mansfield, Head of Research, NLGN, February 1, 2017

Councils are changing. Prompted by the funding cuts of the last decade, they have had to transform. No longer just seen as service deliverers, they are becoming collaborators, place leaders, commissioning councils, commercial councils and cooperative councils. But ambitious transformation plans can only be achieved through a workforce with the capabilities to make them a […]

Creative, courageous and innovative – the council workforce of tomorrow
Homelessness: prevention is better than cure Lucy Terry, Senior Researcher, January 25, 2017

Homelessness receives a lot of media and policy attention this time of year, as the effects of sleeping rough are all too apparent. As it gets colder, and floods and snow are frequent, councils will be working hard with key partners to provide emergency assistance to ensure homeless people survive the winter (under ‘severe weather […]

Homelessness: prevention is better than cure
Post-Brexit Britain: we need bespoke and locally-made policy responses Professor Gerry Stoker, University of Southampton, January 24, 2017

Local government officials and to a degree local politicians are often praised for their realism. For example, in the light of sustained spending cuts local government since 2010 local government it is claimed has kept things going. Its key figures have been prepared to see things as they are, take the tough decisions, and well, […]

Post-Brexit Britain: we need bespoke and locally-made policy responses
How place-based is the new Industrial Strategy? Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, January 23, 2017

Having announced the fact of the Industrial Strategy almost as soon as she assumed office, this week we finally got the first proper detail of the centrepiece of the May Government’s domestic economic strategy. That the devo-ally Greg Clark was convening it was a promising sign that we would see something more nuanced than the […]

How place-based is the new Industrial Strategy?