Local Government and Participatory Planning in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Part 1) Adriana Laura Massidda, Postdoctoral Researcher at Centro de Estudios Urbanos y Regionales CEUR/CONICET, February 3, 2018

Community participation in local government initiatives has become an imperative globally, including the UK, since it lies at the core of democratic values. Nonetheless, it continues to be a challenge, and it is often implemented in very limited ways, both in terms of timing and scope (see Till 2005). Enhancing participatory practices could not only […]

Local Government and Participatory Planning in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Part 1)
Making a difference with social value Sarah Fraser, Head of the Willmott Dixon Foundation, January 29, 2018

The Public Services (Social Value) Act was designed to encourage those commissioning public services to think beyond short-term financial costs, to how they could use their contracts to drive more value for local communities. Five years on from its introduction, the Act is making a difference. Last year around £25bn of annual public sector procurement […]

Making a difference with social value
Carillion’s collapse massively distracts from the real problems the public sector faces Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, January 17, 2018

Ask public service workers to identify their biggest challenge and the answer is close to unanimous: demand. The crush in A&E, the backlog of elderly patients desperate to escape their hospital bed and get back home, the children’s social worker buckling under a growing caseload of troubled kids, the homeless woman left on the street […]

Carillion’s collapse massively distracts from the real problems the public sector faces
What’s the point of Croydon? Julian Ellerby, Director of Strategy and Partnerships, London Borough of Croydon, January 11, 2018

It’s interesting finding out what others think of your workplace. I searched for “Croydon” to try to get a sense of an outsider’s perspective. Recently, it was about how hard it is to get to Croydon – while it is just 15 minutes from Victoria, perception is in the eye of the keyboard. Other stories […]

What’s the point of Croydon?
The NHS at 70: We need to look beyond the symptoms of this patient in distress Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, NLGN, January 3, 2018

The “NHS at breaking point” media furore has become a fixture on our winter calendar as regular as Christmas and New Year. Hospitals at full capacity, patients experiencing substandard care, the elderly and vulnerable hit the hardest. The basic story zooms in and out of media focus – the latest headlines will no doubt remain […]

The NHS at 70: We need to look beyond the symptoms of this patient in distress
Transformation Through Automation Martin Ruane, Programme Director, ENGIE, December 12, 2017

Earlier this year, NLGN and ENGIE launched the Tomorrow’s Places report focusing on how councils can practically use technology-led infrastructure, data analytics, and networks for better outcomes. The research highlighted the potential for technology to help local government transform places and create more sustainable and empowered communities. For ENGIE, robotic process automation (RPA) is a […]

Transformation Through Automation
Share the Health: Extending the reach of public health to economic development Lucy Terry, Senior Researcher, December 4, 2017

It’s hard to find a part of local government that doesn’t affect our health in some way. From support for children and parents, to the maintenance of local parks and leisure centres, and the development of new housing – all of these have considerable influence over people’s physical or mental health. In recognition of this, […]

Share the Health: Extending the reach of public health to economic development
Overcoming barriers to inclusive growth in practice Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, NLGN, November 29, 2017

Last week’s Budget confirmed more grim economic news. Downgraded forecasts predict sluggish growth into the 2020s and productivity remains stagnant, and with it living standards which have now plateaued for a decade. So there is a twin challenge to achieve not just sustainable growth – which expands the overall level of economic activity in our […]

Overcoming barriers to inclusive growth in practice