Councils’ economic confidence plummets but faith in community hits all-time high May 27, 2020

Embargoed until 28 May, 00.01. Report will be available here after this time. Over three-quarters (78%) of council chiefs call for more funding to help deal with COVID-19, with almost half (43%) requesting more PPE Confidence in the economy dropped significantly, with optimism in local business environment falling by over a third since the last quarter Community […]

Statement: ‘Dangerously low’ settlement for vital local government April 30, 2020

On 28 April, the government announced allocations of a £1.6bn settlement for local government to deal with the immediate impacts of coronavirus. It is a figure that rows back on promises and dangerously underestimates the vital work done by council key workers, argues NLGN Director Adam Lent. Adam Lent, Director of New Local Government, responds: […]

Statement: ‘Dangerously low’ settlement for vital local government
Only 5% of council leaders optimistic about Brexit, as planning eats up resources October 29, 2019

Key Findings: Councils are increasingly pessimistic about the impact of Brexit. 71% of council chiefs expect it to have a negative or very negative impact on their local economy – an increase of 16% since March 2018. Those who expect Brexit to have a positive or very positive impact has halved to 5%. Among Conservative-led […]

Cuts force councils to neglect preventative services despite Government aspirations January 29, 2019

A respected quarterly survey found a very significant gap between what council chief executives and leaders feel they should be spending on prevention and what they actually spend. This gap equates to an £8.7bn shortfall in spending on prevention. The news comes in the wake of the launch of two Government strategies designed to encourage […]

Councils’ leaderships reveal Brexit’s negative impact on community cohesion January 29, 2019

Over half of local authority chiefs believe Brexit is having a negative impact on community cohesion, with many areas witnessing a rise in hate crime and division. Less than 2 per cent feel it is having a positive effect. 73 per cent of Labour councils feel Brexit is having a negative impact, compared to 35 […]