Communicating devolution: A guide to keeping it simple David Evans, Director, The Campaign Company, May 30, 2017

The local elections earlier this month saw several city regions elect first time Metro Mayors. The turnout in places like Manchester (29%), where Andy Burnham was elected, was pretty good for a plebiscite on a newly devolved role. In the past, votes have fallen as low as 15% with contests like the Police and Crime […]

Communicating devolution: A guide to keeping it simple
The Cooperative Party Manifesto: What it Means for Local Government Abigail Gilbert, Researcher, NLGN, May 24, 2017

Like the Green or Women’s Equality Parties, the Cooperative Party Manifesto was written with an explicit desire for its policies to be adopted by another party. But unlike them, this manifesto represents the priorities of a number of MPs likely to be elected to parliament. Whilst many Labour MPs are also members of the Co-operative […]

The Cooperative Party Manifesto: What it Means for Local Government
What does the Green Party manifesto mean for councils? Shahnaz Yasmin, Events Officer, May 22, 2017

The likelihood of this manifesto being enacted is probably about the same as aliens invading Britain the same day you’re struck by lightning and win the lottery jackpot. As we’ve seen with intention of the Women’s Equality Party manifesto, a good outcome for the party would be to see some of these policies in future […]

What does the Green Party manifesto mean for councils?
Devolution is now at the mercy of the bureaucrats Adam Lent, director, New Local Government Network, May 21, 2017

After months of worry, devolution’s loved ones finally got some news from Dr May. The patient, it turns out, isn’t terminal, but sadly there will be no return to the old, vibrant ways. Devolution has suffered ‘life-changing injuries’. The policy that once formed the centrepiece of Conservative thinking was not absent from yesterday’s manifesto but […]

Devolution is now at the mercy of the bureaucrats
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?