Losing Political Office Jane Roberts, Palgrave Macmillan, February 10, 2017

What happens to council leaders after they leave their leadership role? How do they adjust? Do they stay in politics? What employment do they find? I suspect that you have little idea other than the anecdotal. Few do given the relative silence on political exit. Professor John Keane describes the area of politicians leaving office […]

Losing Political Office
Bridging gaps in Hepatitis C awareness and diagnosis Sarah Keidel, HCV Medical Manager, AbbVie UK, February 9, 2017

If ever there was an area of healthcare where place-based care could have a major impact on local public health gains it is the identification and treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infected patients. However the same reasons that point to place-based health systems being of value for this condition also make it one of […]

Bridging gaps in Hepatitis C awareness and diagnosis
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