Housing Delivery Vehicles Clive Bleasdale, Partner and Head of Local Government Real Estate, Weightmans, August 6, 2018

The delivery of new housing in the current economic and political climate is more challenging than ever. The issue of housing supply, particularly the demand for more affordable housing, continues to dominate the news agenda. So how do local authorities secure the delivery of the right homes in their area? In a bid to find […]

Housing Delivery Vehicles
Why are there still so few women in the cabinet? Vanessa Schneider, External Affairs Officer, NLGN, July 27, 2018

As Brexit rows continues to dominate the news, feminism may not be high on the agenda of the current Prime Minister, Theresa May. There are many competing interests the PM needs to satisfy, such as keeping the Cabinet balanced with MPs in favour of remaining in or leaving the EU. Nevertheless, she surely could have […]

Why are there still so few women in the cabinet?
Preventing violence on our streets needs early intervention and local leadership Geethika Jayatilaka, CEO, Chance UK, July 20, 2018

The surge in violent crime over the last year has left policy makers scrabbling to respond in a meaningful way. The plethora of initiatives announced over the last year – The Home Office Violent Crime Strategy, the cross party Youth Violence Commission, the London Knife Crime Strategy – all stand testament to how difficult it […]

Preventing violence on our streets needs early intervention and local leadership
New youth group helps young people cope with stresses of the day Councillor Jenny Bullen, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People’s Services, Wigan Council, July 19, 2018

It can be challenging to be a young person today. The issues causing stress amongst our teenagers range from community to community. We’ve learned that young people involved in our youth justice system are often witnessing domestic abuse at home. We’ve seen an increase in young people from our LGBTQ+ communities and young women developing […]

New youth group helps young people cope with stresses of the day
Building more than public trust in public private partnerships Sarah Lawson, Policy Researcher, NLGN, July 17, 2018

Last week saw another report released in the wake of Carillion’s collapse. “After Carillion: Public sector outsourcing and contracting”, a new report from the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, offers valuable insights to guide the future of public private partnerships (PPPs). These range from the importance of focusing on the quality of outcomes over […]

Building more than public trust in public private partnerships
The Industrial Strategy’s approach to place Trinley Walker, Senior Policy Researcher, NLGN, July 16, 2018

Woefully low levels of productivity in the UK have been observed for a number of years now. Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that UK GDP output per worker is 16.6% below the combined G7 nations level. As the Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper recognises – this stark differential has implications for […]

The Industrial Strategy’s approach to place
A Spotlight on Spain Molly Jarritt, External Affairs Officer, NLGN, July 9, 2018

Whether facilitating, researching or tweeting, the question of how to establish the changemaking councils and communities of tomorrow is never far from my thoughts. The more time I spend on NLGN’s changemaking vision, the more I am reminded of my time living in rural Spain, where communities founded upon creativity, collaboration and self-determination were not […]

A Spotlight on Spain
The Brexit board gives local government a seat on the floor Charlotte Morgan, Policy Researcher, NLGN, July 5, 2018

The announcement that made headlines in an otherwise low-key speech from MHCLG Secretary of State James Brokenshire at this year’s LGA Conference concerned the establishment of a board to encourage closer collaboration between national and local governments on Brexit. Local government has been starved of opportunities to engage formally and meaningfully with the UK Government […]

The Brexit board gives local government a seat on the floor