NLGN today calls for radical reform of council services including transport, waste and libraries, as new analysis reveals that the cost of issuing a book can be so high that in some cases it might be cheaper to buy each borrower a new copy. As citizen demands change and cuts start to bite, NLGN’s research […]
Local Government Minister Bob Neill MP, writing in a new essay collection from NLGN, states that government will be looking to local leaders to help deliver its decentralisation agenda. The publication, entitled The Next Question: The future of local leadership, includes a cross party collection of local government leaders who each contribute their thoughts on […]
Local councils of the future may undergo a process of ‘Californication’ as they respond to budget cuts, new analysis predicts. A report published today by localism think tank the New Local Government Network (NLGN) outlines three new models for town halls of the future as councillors navigate budget cuts in the coming decade. One scenario […]
Friday 19th August 2011 Following the publication of today’s Treasury Select Committee report on PFI, Senior Researcher Tom Symons of localism think tank the New Local Government Network (NLGN) said: “This inquiry offers a damning critique of PFI but few recommendations for lasting change. It’s been clear for a number of years that PFI has […]
NLGN Media Comment In response to today’s Government announcement confirming new Enterprise Zone locations, localism think tank the New Local Government Network (NLGN) Head of Research Paula Lucci said: “The unanswered question remains how Enterprise Zones will contribute to longer-term national growth rather than simply offering a short, sharp boost to specific areas” “We welcome […]
Following today’s publication of the national public property map, Liam Scott-Smith, Head of External Affairs at the New Local Government Network (NLGN), said: “This map of council-owned assets is useful, but the next step needs to be to take a more panoramic look at assets held across the public sector, including in Whitehall, as this […]
NLGN Media Comment Tuesday 2nd August 2011 Reacting to today’s CLG announcement on devolving responsibility on allocating council tax benefits, Simon Parker, Director of Localism think tank the New Local Government Network (NLGN), said: “Just because the government cuts council tax benefit, doesn’t mean fewer poor and elderly people need it. Many councils are already […]
A new White Paper from NLGN suggests that by following a model of bulk purchasing from energy providers recently launched in The Netherlands, councils can create significant savings for their residents.