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
NLGN’s manifesto for localising GE17: Fiscal devolution Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, NLGN, April 28, 2017

We need to talk about fiscal devolution. Fiscal devolution is an issue that national politicians won’t touch even with someone else’s bargepole. So scared are they of the electorate getting a whiff of the prospect of a tax increase, that unless they’re freezing it or cutting it, they’re not talking about it. And local taxation […]

NLGN’s manifesto for localising GE17: Fiscal devolution
The Three futures for Local Government Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, April 24, 2017

Since Theresa May took over as Prime Minister, local councils have increasingly understood that their future now resides in their own hands. The devolution agenda, once driven by the former Chancellor, has severely lost energy. Instead, the new Government has been heavily focused on Brexit and the economy leaving both public services and local government […]

The Three futures for Local Government
Brexit, GE17 and Beyond Top down Economic Regeneration: ‘that growth was never for me anyway’ Abigail Gilbert, Researcher, NLGN, April 21, 2017

Yesterday NLGN hosted a roundtable with senior local government executives and a handful of academics to discuss ‘place based policy’ after Brexit. The starting point of the discussion was work by Will Jennings and Gerry Stoker of the University of Southampton. Over the last few years, their work has explored the relationship between socially liberal […]

Brexit, GE17 and Beyond Top down Economic Regeneration: ‘that growth was never for me anyway’
NLGN’s Manifesto for localising GE17: Devolution Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, April 19, 2017

One entirely unforeseen consequence of last year’s referendum was the brakes being put on the devolution locomotive. Despite Government protestations to the contrary, May and Hammond have shown little of the true-believer enthusiasm exhibited by Cameron and Osborne. As a result, the already tortuous process of devolution deal-making has slowed further and in some cases […]

NLGN’s Manifesto for localising GE17: Devolution