Building Homes, Growing Communities March 23, 2017

To help councils build the hundreds of thousands of new homes that are needed, NLGN has published a practical guide, Building Homes, Growing Communities, to help ensure that the houses built lead to high quality communities that prioritise design, safety and quality of life. At a time when we need to build an unprecedented level […]

Building Homes, Growing Communities
Councils must embrace smart technology today to plan for the problems of tomorrow March 20, 2017

Councils must become more creative in their use of technology and more collaborative with both their citizens and other organisations, in order to plan for future problems, according to a report published today by NLGN. The report Tomorrow’s Places, carried out in association with ENGIE, found that currently, the time and expertise needed is not […]

Councils must embrace smart technology today to plan for the problems of tomorrow
NLGN response to the housing white paper February 7, 2017

Strong political leadership urgently needed, not just regulatory change Adam Lent, NLGN director said: “The housing crisis in the UK is as much about politics as it is about regulation, so while there is a lot in the housing white paper to welcome – particularly moves to get house builders building – we have to […]

NLGN response to the housing white paper
NLGN’s response to the social care crisis December 15, 2016

Responding to the Government’s announcements on funding for social care, Adam Lent, NLGN Director said: “The proposed 6% rise over two years to the precept on council tax is utterly insufficient to mitigate the increasing demands on services due to an ageing population and rising costs from the increase in the national living wage. While […]

NLGN’s response to the social care crisis
Councils must adapt their working practices to reflect the councils of the future December 8, 2016

Local government needs to engage its current and future workforce to make sure they are ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow’s council. This report uses original research and examples from around the world to explore and outline what a ‘new deal’ could look like. The authors argue that a cultural change towards a less hierarchical workplace will attract and retain the staff local government needs.

Outside the Box: The Council Workforce of Tomorrow
Chancellor fails to address growing crisis in health and social care November 23, 2016

Adam Lent, Director of NLGN said: On health and social care funding “Today’s Autumn Statement has again failed to address the deepening health and social care crisis. “While we welcome the increase in the living wage, this pushes up the cost of delivering the care that is needed, putting increasing strain on local authorities who […]

Chancellor fails to address growing crisis in health and social care
A common interest: The role of asset transfer in developing the community business market November 2, 2016

DOWNLOAD NLGN RECOMMENDATIONS AND ACTIONS NLGN were commissioned by Power to Change in March 2016, to provide the most comprehensive possible mapping of asset transfers from local authorities to communities in recent years. This report found steady progress in assets being transferred to communities over the past 5 years, and identified gaps in available data […]

A common interest:  The role of asset transfer in developing the community business market
Local government should have more powers to help tackle persistent unemployment October 20, 2016

Kindly supported by: Local government should have more powers to help tackle persistent unemployment: 98% of councils think that employment and skills provision should be locally commissioned. 80% of responding councils are already taking steps to improve employment and skills provision in their area However 84% say budget cuts are preventing delivering the services that […]

Work it out: Creating Local Systems of Employability Support