At a time of intense financial pressures and when central government’s mind is on other things, many are asking themselves where local government goes next. In a think-piece launching NLGN’s new vision, Adam Lent and Jessica Studdert call for councils to embrace a bold ‘changemaking’ approach focused on the core values of creativity, collaboration and […]
Research published today by NLGN has shown that as society undergoes rapid social change, independent funders are crucial to the future of placemaking. The research, supported by the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, found that due to local government budgets coming under increasing pressure, service delivery has reduced as need has […]
Kindly supported by: Councils should focus their energies on understanding how the motivations of the public can be harnessed to help councils to be more productive, and then use this information to rapidly experiment and pilot new ideas, a report published today by NLGN has found. The report, carried out in association with Norse Group […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.