NEW RESEARCH: Mutual Aid groups have been an ‘indispensable’ in COVID response. Here’s how we build them into our future. July 14, 2020

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE Mutual Aid groups have been an indispensable part of the country’s response to COVID-19, powered by people on furlough. Research published today (14 July 2020) by the New Local Government Network (NLGN) suggests a huge proportion of the millions of people shielding during the pandemic were directly supported by local volunteer […]

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 […]