Councils ready to open new retail bond market for municipal debt, think tank finds February 21, 2012

English councils are prepared to use retail bonds to pay for crucial improvements to schools and highways – but only if the price is right. New research from localism think tank NLGN, based on interviews with senior finance officials, shows that the flexibility of retail bonds and the fact that local residents can buy them […]

Delivering Distinctiveness: The future for district councils December 14, 2011

NLGN has launched Delivering Distinctiveness a new essay collection edited by Daniel Goodwin, Chief Executive of St Albans City and District Council. The publication explores the future for district authorities and scopes out the potential challenges they might face. The collection is an uncompromising analysis of where the District Councils’ are currently and crafts a […]

Municipal bonds could save vital infrastructure projects December 7, 2011

Councils could save vital school and highway projects by looking to a new market in municipal bonds, according to research from localism think tank NLGN. The new Capital Futures report, released today, shows that bond issuances could in some circumstances prove the cheapest option for local authorities trying to promote growth in their areas. Local […]

Commissioning Care in the 21st Century November 22, 2011

The new NLGN report, jointly commissioned by the ALDS Forum and the LDC, Commissioning Care in the 21st Century, argues that the only way to ensure that personalised services are affordable is to accelerate radical moves towards a new form of outcome-based commissioning. The report warns that without these reforms, social care in England risks […]

Keep it simple and let business flourish November 11, 2011

The Devil in the Detail: Designing the right incentives for local economic growth, a new white paper issued this week by NLGN, presents a timely response to the recent government consultation on business rates reform. While acknowledging the Government must strike a careful balance between equity and efficiency, the report strongly recommends ensuring the system […]

New rates system must avoid central raid on council resources, think tank warns October 26, 2011

Wednesday 26th October 2011 New rates system must avoid central raid on council resources, think tank warns Localism think tank NLGN today welcomed the principle of allowing councils to keep more of their local business rate growth, but warned that the government’s current proposals could create an overly complex system of tariffs and transfers while […]

Radical reform of library, waste and transport systems needed October 13, 2011

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 […]