A Changemaking Vision for Local Government November 22, 2017

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 […]

A Changemaking Vision for Local Government
Councils and independent funders must collaborate to put residents at the forefront of activity July 10, 2017

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 […]

Councils and independent funders must collaborate to put residents at the forefront of activity
Councils should make more use of pilots and trials to test innovative policy ideas March 29, 2017

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 […]

Councils should make more use of pilots and trials to test innovative policy ideas
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