How can co-production transform services? May 8, 2018

NLGN is today launching our latest Innovation Briefing, exclusively for our members. This focusses on how local authorities are using co-production to transform their services and make sure they meet the needs of the people who use them. For more information about NLGN membership and the range of benefits involved, please contact Richard Nelmes, Head […]

How can co-production transform services?
Why staff are eyes and ears of our communities Paul Barton, Director of Environment, Wigan Council , April 30, 2018

We know our staff are our biggest asset and at a time of limited resources we need to ensure we are utilising their full potential. We deploy operational staff in communities every day, collecting the bins, cutting the grass and picking up litter. These people know the local area they work in, they recognise the […]

Why staff are eyes and ears of our communities
Time for the Government to stop ignoring councils on Brexit Charlotte Morgan, Policy Researcher, NLGN, April 26, 2018

The UK Government has consistently maintained that there is ongoing dialogue with local government on Brexit. However, there are growing question marks over the extent to which this ‘dialogue’ is giving local government a platform to inform and assist central Government’s Brexit preparations. Recent evidence clearly indicates that local government leaders are feeling sidelined from […]

It’s time for the Government to stop ignoring councils on Brexit
The BNP may have gone but communities are more vulnerable to unforeseen sparks Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, April 18, 2018

This article first appeared in the LGC on 17 April 2018 The news that the British National Party no longer has any representation in local government following the resignation of its last remaining councillor has been welcomed across the political spectrum. It is probably the last nail for a Party that a decade ago could […]

The BNP may have gone but communities are more vulnerable to unforeseen sparks
Innovative Ways Local Authorities are Tackling Homelessness Zoe Abel, Research Intern, NLGN, April 9, 2018

Homelessness is a growing issue for local authorities – both rough sleeping and helping those in precarious housing situations. Since 2010, rough sleeping in England has increased by 168 per cent and the number of households in temporary accommodation reached 78,930 at the end of 2017 – a 60 per cent increase since 2011. In […]

Innovative Ways Local Authorities are Tackling Homelessness
Council tax disparity – a cause for concern? Dan Bates, pixelfinancial, March 29, 2018

Yesterday (28 March), the Government released Council Tax statistics for 2018/19. It won’t surprise you to know that the majority of local authorities have taken advantage of the additional percentage point increase, from 2% to 3%, in the Council Tax referendum limit. Three quarters of all authorities have increased the main part of their Council […]

Council tax disparity – a cause for concern?
Is Extra Funding for the NHS the Right Call? Adam Lent, Director, NLGN. First appeared in LGC, March 29, 2018

How should we regard the NHS as it celebrates its 70th year? A much-loved elderly aunt who offers nothing but care and support to an increasingly demanding family despite being rather down on her financial luck? Or something more like the septuagenarian occupant of the White House: an over-fed attention seeker who constantly disrupts any […]

Is Extra Funding for the NHS the Right Call?
Javid should beware of catching the reorganisation bug Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, March 9, 2018

Just in case he was thinking of launching a new wave of council reorganisation, it might be a good idea for Sajid Javid to examine the Finnish education system. Regularly at or near the top of the OECD’s annual ranking of education performance, the country has become a mecca for those seeking pedagogic wisdom. But […]

Javid should beware of catching the reorganisation bug