Brokenshire must go public on council funding Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, July 3, 2018

This article first appeared on The Local Government Chronicle website on 2nd July 2018 Let’s face it, the bar is not exactly high. As long as James Brokenshire manages to get out of the hall at the LGA Conference tomorrow without offending every member of his audience with his speech, he’ll be ahead of last […]

Brokenshire must go public on council funding
Does being a leader need to be a full time job? Dame Jane Roberts, NLGN Chair, Research Fellow in Public Leadership, The Open University Business School, July 2, 2018

As the local government clans gather in Birmingham this week, let me offer a view counter to the apparent increasing trend for local political leaders to work full-time in their leadership role. I suspect it is an unpopular view. With the changes heralded by the Local Government Act 2000, directly elected mayors of local authorities […]

Does being a leader need to be a full time job?
Leaving Care, Leaving Well: how can outcomes be improved? Hannah Jump, Social Finance, June 20, 2018

11,000 young people leave care every year, including foster and residential placements, and start their transition to adulthood. For many, this is a difficult journey. Not only do young people have to grow up fast, many moving to live independently from their 18th birthday, but often have a great deal to cope with due to […]

Leaving Care, Leaving Well: how can outcomes be improved?
The social impact of devolution must not be overlooked Charlotte Morgan, Policy Researcher, NLGN, June 19, 2018

There is nothing new about English devolution being couched in economic terms, particularly as the UK Government has pinned the devolution agenda in England firmly to the spatial framework of city regions. What is remarkable is that, under May’s premiership, there is a growing tendency for the UK Government to talk about English devolution in […]

The social impact of devolution must not be overlooked
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?