The Tory social care policy is a stinker, but what else is on offer? Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, May 19, 2017

First the good news. We’re having a vibrant debate about social care funding slap bang in the middle of an election campaign. Now the bad news: the policy that has prompted the debate is a stinker. Theresa May and her advisers deserve credit for instigating the former and derision for the proposing the latter. How […]

The Tory social care policy is a stinker, but what else is on offer?
What does the Conservative Manifesto mean for Councils? Claire Mansfield, Head of Research, NLGN, May 18, 2017

Manifestos are always launched with a certain amount of excitement, but none more so than the Conservative Manifesto this morning. While the Lib Dem’s manifesto explicitly positioned them as the party of opposition, the Tory manifesto would reveal what the next government’s priorities and promises would be. Except it didn’t quite do that. After the […]

What does the Conservative Manifesto mean for Councils?
What does the Liberal Democrats Manifesto mean for Councils? Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, May 17, 2017

Reading the Labour manifesto was a bit like watching a magician determined to show you every trick they have ever learned as quickly as possible moving from disappearing an elephant to finding a coin behind your ear and back again. The ambition was admirable, if slightly unhinged, but Lord it was tiring after a while. […]

What does the Liberal Democrats Manifesto mean for Councils?
What does the Labour Manifesto mean for Councils? Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, May 17, 2017

I was planning for this to be a blog about the implications of Labour’s freshly leaked manifesto for local government. As it turns out this is a very difficult thing to do. Labour’s plans – were they enacted – would amount to such an ambitious and radical overhaul of multiple policy areas that every part […]

What does the Labour Manifesto mean for Councils?
NLGN thoughts on the Women’s Equality Party manifesto Claire Porter, Head of External Affairs, May 16, 2017

The Women’s Equality Party manifesto was published late on Friday, and unlike other party manifestos, has been expressly drafted with the intention for other parties to adopt its policies. While the manifesto focuses on their core aims with no specific section on local government, there are a lot of proposals that touch on services that […]

NLGN thoughts on the Women’s Equality Party manifesto
May must come clean on social care Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, May 16, 2017

The issues crying out for solutions in this election remain woefully unaddressed. For years the UK has struggled with a rapidly ageing population, an unbalanced economy and a mess of a housing market. Politicians of every party have promised a lot and delivered little in all of these areas for years but at least they […]

May must come clean on social care
We need flexible, adaptive services that meet complex needs Claire Mansfield, Head of Research, May 10, 2017

The links between problems like homelessness, substance misuse, mental ill health, violence,domestic abuse and extreme poverty often go unrecognised by services and systems mostly designed to deal with one issue at a time. As such, people rarely get the help they need and cycle in and out of chaos. But in dealing with one problem […]

We need flexible, adaptive services that meet complex needs
The new mayors will need to collaborate to have impact Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, May 5, 2017

After years in the offing, the election of the first wave of new metro-mayors means this once theoretical tier of governance has now become a group of six actual human beings. Their coming into being has not been without controversy – reflecting as they do the persistent need for central government to create new structures […]

The new mayors will need to collaborate to have impact