The ageing story is growing old Sarah Lawson, Policy Researcher, NLGN, June 18, 2018

A quarter of millennials think it’s normal for older people to be unhappy or depressed, and two thirds don’t have a friendship with an age gap of 30 years or more. These findings, released by the Royal Society of Public Health earlier this month, paint a picture of stark inter-generational divides in the UK. It’s […]

The ageing story is growing old
The public services “quadruple whammy” Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, June 13, 2018

This post first appeared in The Local Government Chronicle on 12th June 2018. Welcome to the Quadruple Whammy: the confluence of factors rearing into view that could push local government and the wider public sector over the edge within the next few years. The first wham is well-evidenced in the report published today by the […]

The public services “quadruple whammy”
Setting New Frontiers for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly Adam Paynter, Chair of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Group and Leader of Cornwall Council, June 12, 2018

Since the referendum to leave the European Union (EU), various universities, think tanks and thought leaders have published studies and views on the potential impact of Brexit on the UK economy. The conclusions of each vary and economists will tell you, forecasting is notoriously tricky. However, there are some common themes. The more barriers to […]

Setting New Frontiers for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly
Can the future be brighter? Rob Lamond, Founder, Policy Futures, June 8, 2018

This week’s BBC/YouGov English Question poll again highlighted the volatility in English identity politics and the fallout from the EU Referendum, with coverage focusing on the sense of belonging and the characteristics associated with Englishness. One of the key points from the results was that only 17 per cent of respondents felt England’s best years […]

Can the future be brighter?
Trust – a vital ingredient in successful public-private partnerships? Dave Sheridan, Divisional CEO, ENGIE UK, June 7, 2018

Dave Sheridan, Divisional CEO of ENGIE UK, explains why trust is fundamental to being successful custodians of public services. The recent demise of Carillion, and the public debate thereafter, once again raised the question as to whether local government should outsource and entrust the delivery of public services to the private sector. Some campaigners suggest […]

Trust – a vital ingredient in successful public-private partnerships?
Darlington: A Healthy New Town Ada Burns, Chief Executive, Darlington Borough Council, June 6, 2018

I am a veteran of all the many approaches to regeneration, and I can overcome insomnia naming them all. I was a fan of the Blair Government Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy (2001) because for the first time we were addressing the wider determinants of ill health and poverty. So it was exciting to see public health […]

Darlington: A Healthy New Town
How do we ensure places are geared towards our good health? Molly Jarritt, External Affairs Officer, NLGN, June 5, 2018

On 23rd March 2018, NLGN, supported by The Ramblers, convened a roundtable on public health, held in Salford and attended by partners from across Greater Manchester. This blog launches the event report published today as part of NLGN’s Dialogue Series ‘If physical activity were a pill, we would all take it’.GP, Roundtable Participant It is […]

How do we ensure places are geared towards our good health?
Why councils should want to keep it local Ed Wallis, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Locality, June 4, 2018

As the dust settles on the local elections, newly elected councillors will be getting to work tackling what is, by now, an old problem. How do local authorities continue to deliver high quality services that meet residents’ expectations, in the face of continually rising demand and ever decreasing budgets? It’s a challenge local areas have […]

Why councils should want to keep it local