Economic confidence might be slumping, but community power is on the rise Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, NLGN, May 28, 2020

Throughout the pandemic central government has worked against the grain of local energy, but hope can be found in our communities and councils, writes Jessica Studdert. Councils’ confidence in the economy has fallen dramatically, according to the latest findings of NLGN’s Leadership Index. Faith in the local business environment has dropped by a third since […]

Economic confidence might be slumping, but community power is on the rise
Councils and COVID-19: The Response Edition #9 Charlotte Morgan, Senior Policy Researcher, NLGN, May 21, 2020

18/5/20 – 22/5/20 Local authorities are indispensable in our current crisis and are therefore under enormous pressure. They manage the public services that people are increasingly reliant on, support the most vulnerable people in our communities, and hold information that keeps local people safe and informed. In this time of great uncertainty, councils are taking […]

Councils and COVID-19: The Response Edition #9
The key to a more altruistic society? Working less. Luca Tiratelli, Policy Researcher, NLGN, May 18, 2020

If there has been anything heartening to come out of misery of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been the growth of mutual aid groups, which we have seen spring up across the length and breadth of the country. But what has driven this outpouring of community spirit and neighbourliness? Well, according to people some key […]

The key to a more altruistic society? Working less.
COVID Mutual Aid Project

Amid the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, perhaps the most uplifting phenomenon has been the emergence of a network of Mutual Aid Groups covering the length and breadth of the country. These groups are neighbourhood-level efforts to support vulnerable people and sustain the social fabric of communities, and we are conducting interviews with people involved […]

COVID Mutual Aid Project
Councils and COVID-19: The Response Edition #8 Charlotte Morgan, Senior Policy Researcher, NLGN, May 15, 2020

11/5/20 – 15/5/20 Local authorities are indispensable in our current crisis and are therefore under enormous pressure. They manage the public services that people are increasingly reliant on, support the most vulnerable people in our communities, and hold information that keeps local people safe and informed. In this time of great uncertainty, councils are taking […]

Councils and COVID-19: The Response Edition #8
Child protection social work in a pandemic: Turning towards the community? Brid Featherstone, May 12, 2020

“Disasters shake things loose. And the things that we regarded as fixed and unchangeable can suddenly be changed” (Solnit, 2020) Rebecca Solnit has become the ‘go to’ writer for many of us, at the moment, as we anxiously seize upon the messages of hope and possibility she has distilled from her decades long study of […]

Child protection social work in a pandemic: Turning towards the community?
Councils and COVID-19: The Response Edition #7 Charlotte Morgan, Senior Policy Researcher, NLGN, May 7, 2020

04/5/20 – 08/5/20 Local authorities are indispensable in our current crisis and are therefore under enormous pressure. They manage the public services that people are increasingly reliant on, support the most vulnerable people in our communities, and hold information that keeps local people safe and informed. In this time of great uncertainty, councils are taking […]

Councils and COVID-19: The Response Edition #7