Manifesto Insight: Conservatives are right to elevate the issue of social care Cllr Paul Carter, Leader, Kent County Council, June 5, 2017

The Prime Minister is right in elevating social care to one of this election’s defining issues – reflecting the very need for radical change that many of us have long been calling for. Some may have been disappointed the manifesto lacked the long-list of pre-packed bite-sized pledges now expected by 24-hour news and social media. […]

Manifesto Insight: Conservatives are right to elevate the issue of social care
Data Insight in a Local Authority; what have we learnt so far? Pye Nyunt, Corporate Insight Hub Manager, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham and an Agilisys Transformation Consultant (www.agilisys.co.uk), June 2, 2017

Pye Nyunt writes about his experience of setting up a council insight function. In October 2016, we set up the “Insight Hub” at Barking & Dagenham Town Hall, with the aim to focus on making better use of the council’s data to understand customer needs, forecast future demand and design behavioural interventions. There is a […]

Data Insight in a Local Authority; what have we learnt so far?
THE KEY TO BUILDING STRONG WORKING PARTNERSHIPS? FIRM FOUNDATIONS Simon Goacher, Partner and Head of Local Government, Weightmans, May 31, 2017

What’s clear from this report is that there is an appetite in the worlds of both health and social care for greater integration to deliver a more joined-up care experience for users and to make more efficient use of resources. What remains less clear is how this will be delivered in practice. There is no […]

THE KEY TO BUILDING STRONG  WORKING PARTNERSHIPS?  FIRM FOUNDATIONS
What does UKIP’s Manifesto Mean for Local Government? Abigail Gilbert, Researcher, NLGN, May 30, 2017

UKIP support has grown out of local opposition to the effects of a globalised economy, channelled through its anti-EU stance. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, following the public vote to Brexit last June, the party have struggled to set out a coherent vision for a post-EU domestic agenda. Now that their largely one trick pony has bolted […]

What does UKIP’s Manifesto Mean for Local Government?
Communicating devolution: A guide to keeping it simple David Evans, Director, The Campaign Company, May 30, 2017

The local elections earlier this month saw several city regions elect first time Metro Mayors. The turnout in places like Manchester (29%), where Andy Burnham was elected, was pretty good for a plebiscite on a newly devolved role. In the past, votes have fallen as low as 15% with contests like the Police and Crime […]

Communicating devolution: A guide to keeping it simple
The Cooperative Party Manifesto: What it Means for Local Government Abigail Gilbert, Researcher, NLGN, May 24, 2017

Like the Green or Women’s Equality Parties, the Cooperative Party Manifesto was written with an explicit desire for its policies to be adopted by another party. But unlike them, this manifesto represents the priorities of a number of MPs likely to be elected to parliament. Whilst many Labour MPs are also members of the Co-operative […]

The Cooperative Party Manifesto: What it Means for Local Government
What does the Green Party manifesto mean for councils? Shahnaz Yasmin, Events Officer, May 22, 2017

The likelihood of this manifesto being enacted is probably about the same as aliens invading Britain the same day you’re struck by lightning and win the lottery jackpot. As we’ve seen with intention of the Women’s Equality Party manifesto, a good outcome for the party would be to see some of these policies in future […]

What does the Green Party manifesto mean for councils?
Devolution is now at the mercy of the bureaucrats Adam Lent, director, New Local Government Network, May 21, 2017

After months of worry, devolution’s loved ones finally got some news from Dr May. The patient, it turns out, isn’t terminal, but sadly there will be no return to the old, vibrant ways. Devolution has suffered ‘life-changing injuries’. The policy that once formed the centrepiece of Conservative thinking was not absent from yesterday’s manifesto but […]

Devolution is now at the mercy of the bureaucrats