Turning people away from voting is the last thing local democracy needs Luca Tiratelli, Policy Researcher, NLGN, August 6, 2019

In May’s local elections, 10 areas took part in a trial requiring people to show some form of identification before casting their vote. The downside of this, we now know, was that some 750 people were denied their chance to take part in local democracy. The upside? Well that’s harder to pinpoint, as we know […]

Turning people away from voting is the last thing local democracy needs
Citizens’ assemblies could offer popular support for climate action Adam Lent, director, New Local Government Network, August 1, 2019

A week ago, the UK reached its hottest recorded temperature. Over the weekend half a month’s rain fell in one hour. On Tuesday, major flooding hit Yorkshire. And yesterday, the Met Office confirmed that the UK’s 10 hottest years on record have all happened since the start of the century. In fact, our coldest year […]

Citizens’ assemblies could offer popular support for climate action
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