Four Ways for Councils to Give Power away Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, July 10, 2019

Since publishing The Community Paradigm in February, a question I get asked more than any other is what community-led services look like in practice. Clearly, there is a hunger out there to understand the mechanics of shifting to a preventative system by giving communities the power and resource to look after their own health and […]

Four Ways for Councils to Give Power away
Wrench public service inspection away from Whitehall and hand it over to local communities Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, July 9, 2019

What is the point of public service inspectorates like Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission? The standard line is that they are there to make sure public sector bodies offer the very best to the communities they serve. But this raises a challenging but rarely asked question: why not let the communities do the inspecting […]

Wrench public service inspection away from Whitehall and hand it over to local communities
Turning Communities into Catalysts for Change Trinley Walker, Senior Policy Researcher, July 9, 2019

A new vision for public services in which communities are placed at the heart of delivery was set out in NLGN’s report The Community Paradigm, published in February this year. Our new report published today is called Community Commissioning: Shaping public services through people power and provides answers on how this power transfer could be […]

Turning Communities into Catalysts for Change
Commissioning power belongs in the hands of the community not the institution Trinley Walker, Senior Policy Researcher, NLGN, July 8, 2019

In February of this year NLGN set out a compelling new vision for public services in The Community Paradigm The report argued that for a preventative approach to public service delivery to be achieved, significant power and resource must shift from institutions to communities. This shift would foment a radically new relationship between citizen and […]

Commissioning power belongs in the hands of the community not the institution
History’s lesson on the toxic power of fear Donna Hall CBE, Chair New Local Government Network , July 5, 2019

Article originally published in HSG.co.uk The Chernobyl TV series is a powerful reminder of what happens when competition, persecution and dread rule. Donna Hall celebrates an organisation with a more positive culture. Over recent weeks, so many of us have been gripped by watching the fantastic television series based on real life events, Chernobyl. The […]

History’s lesson on the toxic power of fear
Inclusive Growth in Practice Charlotte Morgan and Trinley Walker, Senior Policy Researchers, NLGN, June 24, 2019

Inclusive growth has gained a firm foothold within the policy lexicon over recent years. Yet, despite much valuable discussion on what it is and why it is important, there remains a lack of clarity as to how it can be distinguished from more ‘typical’ economic growth strategies. Further, there remain gaps in understanding surrounding the […]

Inclusive Growth in Practice
Integrating Health and Social Care: Making it work for staff Felicity Algate, Director, BIT:North, June 10, 2019

The challenges of working with partners, complex structures, imperfect systems etc are everywhere in local government. In this blog we talk about an example we’ve been working on in health and social care. Integrating health and social care – bringing together the different staff who deal with the same local community – is a good […]

Integrating Health and Social Care: Making it work for staff
Wigan’s Fire Within Alison McKenzie-Folan, Chief Executive, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council, May 30, 2019

Two weeks ago, after months of hard work, we opened the doors to a brand-new cultural hub in the centre of Wigan. The hub is situated in one of our shopping centres, spread across six empty shopping units. Thinking creatively about how we make the most of our empty units to attract more visitors and […]

Wigan’s Fire Within