Numbers and Knowledge Merran McRae, Chief Executive, Wakefield Council, May 25, 2018

Whitehall and Local Government often seem fixated on numbers, metrics and targets, as a trigger for focus and action, show to residents, and to satisfy inspectorates as to just exactly what councils have achieved for their residents and areas through their efforts. The nadir of this fixation across English local government was probably the first […]

Numbers and Knowledge
Tackling social isolation requires intergenerational response Erica Belcher, Research Intern, NLGN, May 23, 2018

Whilst recent events have placed emphasis on generational differences– particularly between millennials and older baby-boomers – intergenerational Homeshare schemes are addressing a problem that cuts across the perceived generational divide, and are gaining increased traction among Local Authorities. The lack of affordable housing (both owner occupied and privately rented) is having a worrying effect on […]

Tackling social isolation requires intergenerational response
The problem with prevention Sarah Lawson, Policy Researcher, NLGN, May 22, 2018

Prevention has become a bit of a buzzword. As public services struggle to meet demand alongside widespread funding cuts, increasingly people are recognising the need to focus on the factors that lead people to these services in the first place. The NHS is a classic example – current pressures have led to prevention becoming embedded […]

The problem with prevention
We need to start talking about fiscal devolution… Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, May 18, 2018

This week Seattle’s City Council voted unanimously to levy a new tax on large businesses to help address the city’s homelessness problems. Through negotiation and consensus-building, a democratically-elected local assembly agreed a new financial levy to address a pressing social need. While this might appear to be the result of a mature deliberative process, such […]

We need to start talking about fiscal devolution…
Mental Health Awareness Week: Raising my voice for 18-25 year olds Molly Jarritt, External Affairs Officer, May 17, 2018

Eighteen is known as an exciting age. It is an age synonymous with unprecedented freedom, when the phrases ‘the world is your oyster’ and ‘what’s next is up to you’ are never far from earshot. While some eighteen-year olds would agree with this as they look forward to going on to further education, into employment […]

Mental Health Awareness Week: Raising my voice for 18-25 year olds
The Do’s and Don’ts of Being Secretary of State at MHCLG Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, May 14, 2018

This article first appeared on the Local Government Chronicle on 11th May 2018 Dear James, welcome to the strangest job in Whitehall. You are now leading a sector that is consumed by four big issues over which your department holds limited responsibility at best: economic growth, adult social care, children’s services and funding. It’s got […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Being Secretary of State at MHCLG
Right to buy Trinley Walker, Senior Policy Researcher, May 10, 2018

Recent data on the Government’s Right to Buy (RtB) housing policy has cast further doubt on the initiative’s feasibility. With councils having been unable to channel the resources provided from the sale of housing stock on new homes, as well as further spending restrictions, the policy is reducing the volume of local government-held housing stock. […]

Right to buy
Councillors must urgently speak with one loud voice to protect children in their care Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, May 9, 2018

This was first published in the Local Government Chronicle on 8th May 2018 After the celebration of victory comes an eye-opening and somewhat shocking week for new councillors elected last Thursday. Many of the pressures they will hear about in their initial briefings and inductions will not come as news: absurdly tight budgets, further cuts, […]

Councillors must urgently speak with one loud voice to protect children in their care