Trust – a vital ingredient in successful public-private partnerships? Dave Sheridan, Divisional CEO, ENGIE UK, June 7, 2018

Dave Sheridan, Divisional CEO of ENGIE UK, explains why trust is fundamental to being successful custodians of public services. The recent demise of Carillion, and the public debate thereafter, once again raised the question as to whether local government should outsource and entrust the delivery of public services to the private sector. Some campaigners suggest […]

Trust – a vital ingredient in successful public-private partnerships?
Darlington: A Healthy New Town Ada Burns, Chief Executive, Darlington Borough Council, June 6, 2018

I am a veteran of all the many approaches to regeneration, and I can overcome insomnia naming them all. I was a fan of the Blair Government Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy (2001) because for the first time we were addressing the wider determinants of ill health and poverty. So it was exciting to see public health […]

Darlington: A Healthy New Town
How do we ensure places are geared towards our good health? Molly Jarritt, External Affairs Officer, NLGN, June 5, 2018

On 23rd March 2018, NLGN, supported by The Ramblers, convened a roundtable on public health, held in Salford and attended by partners from across Greater Manchester. This blog launches the event report published today as part of NLGN’s Dialogue Series ‘If physical activity were a pill, we would all take it’.GP, Roundtable Participant It is […]

How do we ensure places are geared towards our good health?
Why councils should want to keep it local Ed Wallis, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Locality, June 4, 2018

As the dust settles on the local elections, newly elected councillors will be getting to work tackling what is, by now, an old problem. How do local authorities continue to deliver high quality services that meet residents’ expectations, in the face of continually rising demand and ever decreasing budgets? It’s a challenge local areas have […]

Why councils should want to keep it local
Spending Review: Time to unite, time to think bigger Tony Smith, June 1, 2018

This is a critical year for local government. The Spending Review, the social care green paper and decisions on funding the NHS are all individually important, but collectively they could be game changing. There is an opportunity to set a new, more sustainable course and to provide much needed clarity on the future role and […]

Spending Review: Time to unite, time to think bigger
Rethinking Public-Private Partnerships Trinley Walker, Senior Policy Researcher, NLGN, May 30, 2018

Attention is increasingly focussing on how public services are delivered and what roles the public and private sectors should have. Budgetary pressures, an ageing society and the looming fallout from Brexit, have injected further urgency into the debate around who is best placed to provide core public services. New and innovative models of delivery are […]

Rethinking Public-Private Partnerships
Local Government squabbling will blow chances of better deal Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, May 30, 2018

This article first appeared on the Local Government Chronicle website on 30th May 2018 You don’t need to trawl the archives of The New York Times to know that a 2,500 word special on the Knowsley Council wards of Prescot East and Prescot West is somewhat out of the ordinary. Sadly, the reason for this […]

Local Government squabbling will blow chances of better deal
Innovating Redbridge: What is the new role of local government? Abigail Gilbert, Policy and Projects Officer, London Borough of Redbridge, May 29, 2018

Is the state still essentially a convenor of service provision – whether in house or indirectly delivered? Or does the future demand a different model altogether, which involves a more open democratic engagement, involving citizens, civil society and businesses who are empowered to collectively design the future for their community? If it’s the former, this […]

Innovating Redbridge: What is the new role of local government?