Authoritative or bossy? Claire Porter, Head of External Affairs, NLGN, March 8, 2018

Local government is undergoing a cultural renaissance. In many councils the culture is shifting away from a top down style of management to one of openness, collaboration, and self-determination. This fundamental culture shift is a key opportunity for women. It is a chance to assess whether the qualities we normally value in leadership are the […]

Authoritative or bossy?
How do working women find the time to care? Helen Sunderland, Director - Local Public Services Team, EY, March 8, 2018

It is 217 years to gender parity according to the World Economic Forum – 47 more than last year. To have a chance of closing the gap more quickly, we need to think differently about supporting women and families to balance home life commitments whilst still progressing successful careers. ‘Sandwich carers’ or the ‘sandwich generation’ […]

How do working women find the time to care?
What’s the sexiest job in local government? Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, NLGN, March 2, 2018

I know what you’re thinking. Where to start, right? The sector is full of glamour. There’s the high-flying chief executive, at the pinnacle of a local government career – a figurehead of the staff, working closely with politicians, negotiating hard with civil servants – that’s all pretty cool stuff. Or there are the whizzy strategists, […]

What’s the sexiest job in local government?
Mainstreaming Social Value in Councils Pawda Tjoa, Senior Researcher, NLGN, February 28, 2018

Social value in commissioning and procurement is important because it considers the role of spending on services to improve economic, social, and environmental wellbeing in an area. These often have long-term benefits to local communities but are not widely considered in typical procurement processes, because almost by definition they relate to outcomes that tend to […]

Mainstreaming Social Value in Councils
Local Government and Participatory Planning in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Part 1) Adriana Laura Massidda, Postdoctoral Researcher at Centro de Estudios Urbanos y Regionales CEUR/CONICET, February 3, 2018

Community participation in local government initiatives has become an imperative globally, including the UK, since it lies at the core of democratic values. Nonetheless, it continues to be a challenge, and it is often implemented in very limited ways, both in terms of timing and scope (see Till 2005). Enhancing participatory practices could not only […]

Local Government and Participatory Planning in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Part 1)
Making a difference with social value Sarah Fraser, Head of the Willmott Dixon Foundation, January 29, 2018

The Public Services (Social Value) Act was designed to encourage those commissioning public services to think beyond short-term financial costs, to how they could use their contracts to drive more value for local communities. Five years on from its introduction, the Act is making a difference. Last year around £25bn of annual public sector procurement […]

Making a difference with social value
Carillion’s collapse massively distracts from the real problems the public sector faces Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, January 17, 2018

Ask public service workers to identify their biggest challenge and the answer is close to unanimous: demand. The crush in A&E, the backlog of elderly patients desperate to escape their hospital bed and get back home, the children’s social worker buckling under a growing caseload of troubled kids, the homeless woman left on the street […]

Carillion’s collapse massively distracts from the real problems the public sector faces
What’s the point of Croydon? Julian Ellerby, Director of Strategy and Partnerships, London Borough of Croydon, January 11, 2018

It’s interesting finding out what others think of your workplace. I searched for “Croydon” to try to get a sense of an outsider’s perspective. Recently, it was about how hard it is to get to Croydon – while it is just 15 minutes from Victoria, perception is in the eye of the keyboard. Other stories […]

What’s the point of Croydon?