Local leaders can make work pay Cllr Andy Hull, Executive Member for Finance, London Borough of Islington, November 9, 2018

Most people living in poverty in the UK today have a job. Work was meant to be the surest way out of poverty, but not any more. Without a statutory minimum wage which pays enough to live on, five million workers put in a hard day’s toil and still don’t earn enough to get by. […]

Local leaders can make work pay
North of Tyne: Deal, not much Devolution Charlotte Morgan, Policy Researcher, NLGN, November 7, 2018

Blink and you might have missed it. Amid the fireworks of last week’s Budget, we had some positive devolution news. On Friday 2nd November, the North of Tyne devolution deal was formally signed off. This development must be seen as positive news because there has hardly been any progress to shout about on English devolution […]

North of Tyne: Deal, not much Devolution
It’s good here, come and stay… Martin Farrow, CEO, Optalis, November 6, 2018

Quality + culture => staff retention Source: Skills for Care: “The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England” – September 2018; (Data: NMDS-SC unweighted data and CQC ratings between March 2016 & March 2018) I have lived in my house for the last 7 years. I remember the day I first […]

It’s good here, come and stay…
A budget that leaves councils at the mercy of Boris Johnson Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, October 30, 2018

The Chancellor was clearly feeling the hand of history on his shoulder. A new chapter and a turning point were declared as Phillip Hammond informed the House that austerity was now ending just like the PM said it would. From the point of view of local councils, that historical hand was giving the Chancellor a […]

A budget that leaves councils at the mercy of Boris Johnson
Three headlines from NLGN’s latest Leadership Index Sarah Lawson, Policy Researcher, NLGN, October 25, 2018

The latest NLGN Leadership Index paints a stark picture of local government’s capacity to weather the current challenges facing the sector and those on the horizon. Our regular survey of chief executives, leaders and council mayors voices concerns from across the UK for core public service delivery amidst councils’ diminishing confidence in their powers and […]

Three headlines from NLGN’s latest Leadership Index
OCTOBER LEADERSHIP INDEX October 25, 2018

NLGN’s Leadership Index provides insights into the level of confidence on key issues affecting local government, based on the perception of chief executives, leaders and council mayors. NLGN Leadership Index October 2018 illustrates councils’ diminishing confidence in their powers and resources to deliver social care services and an almost universal projected rise in council tax. […]

OCTOBER LEADERSHIP INDEX
The Budget must overturn a catastrophic policy error made eight years ago Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, October 24, 2018

In 2008, Alistair Darling’s Autumn Statement as Chancellor of the Exchequer contained two bombshells. The first being that he was spending £200bn to keep the economy afloat following the financial crash of a few weeks earlier. The second was his forecast that many years of cuts would follow to get the public finances back to […]

The Budget must overturn a catastrophic policy error made eight years ago
Is the answer to the UK’s productivity puzzle a focus on area type? Melissa Macdonald, Research Intern, NLGN, October 23, 2018

As policymakers scratch their heads over how to tackle the UK’s productivity challenge, is a focus on regional disparities too blunt an approach? As this blog argues, an understanding of the distinct characteristics of area type within regions could shed new insights on appropriate policy responses. The UK is in the midst of a productivity […]

Is the answer to the UK’s productivity puzzle a focus on area type?