Clean Air Day’s Call for Action Nigel Bellamy, Divisional Director – Air Quality, Jacobs, June 15, 2017

With air pollution causing some 40,000* early deaths in the UK each year, poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to UK public health currently. Addressing air pollution from transport emissions, as part of longer-term air quality management and mitigation strategies, is now a key priority for our towns and cities. The Government’s framework […]

Clean Air Day’s Call for Action
What does the DUP’s manifesto mean for local government? Emma Rosen, Research Assistant, NLGN, June 13, 2017

Many of us knew little about the DUP until Friday morning, but now it looks as if they will be instrumental in forming a functioning government. Now is a timely opportunity to examine what the DUP’s manifesto means for Local Government in Northern Ireland, and therefore, what ideas it might have if the party gains […]

What does the DUP’s manifesto mean for local government?
Political uncertainty must not mean backsliding on social care reform Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, Published in The MJ, June 9, 2017

Theresa May is not the only potential casualty of this election. The social care issue has taken a pretty severe political beating as well. After May promised not to “duck the issue”, many in local government had hoped that the campaign would make some real progress towards a resolution of the long-running crisis. It hasn’t […]

Political uncertainty must not mean backsliding on social care reform
What does the election result mean for councils? Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, Published in LGC, June 9, 2017

Whatever their party allegiance, I suspect councillors and officers everywhere will be scratching their heads about what this unexpected outcome means for local government. On one hand, this result spells uncertainty for many issues that councils were hoping might secure some sort of resolution over the next few years. A government with a firm majority […]

What does the election result mean for councils?
What do the party manifestos mean for local government? NLGN, June 7, 2017

What do all the party’s election manifestos say for local government? We’ve picked out all the relevant issues in the posts below: what does Labours manifesto mean for local government?what does Liberal Democrat’s manifesto mean for local government?what does Conservatives manifesto mean for local government?what does UKIP’s manifesto mean for local government?What does Green manifesto […]

What do the party manifestos mean for local government?
Manifesto Insight: What Labour offers local government Cllr Richard Watts, June 6, 2017

At this General Election, local government is at crossroads, with the two main parties offering very different directions for the future of councils and the communities they serve. The role that councils play in supporting local people means that we must have a government that is interested in serving the many, and not the few. […]

Manifesto Insight: What Labour offers local government
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?