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 […]
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 […]
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.
Adam Lent, Director of NLGN said: On health and social care funding “Today’s Autumn Statement has again failed to address the deepening health and social care crisis. “While we welcome the increase in the living wage, this pushes up the cost of delivering the care that is needed, putting increasing strain on local authorities who […]
DOWNLOAD NLGN RECOMMENDATIONS AND ACTIONS NLGN were commissioned by Power to Change in March 2016, to provide the most comprehensive possible mapping of asset transfers from local authorities to communities in recent years. This report found steady progress in assets being transferred to communities over the past 5 years, and identified gaps in available data […]
Kindly supported by: Local government should have more powers to help tackle persistent unemployment: 98% of councils think that employment and skills provision should be locally commissioned. 80% of responding councils are already taking steps to improve employment and skills provision in their area However 84% say budget cuts are preventing delivering the services that […]
Leading localism think tank NLGN has appointed its new director. Dr. Adam Lent is currently Director of Research and Innovation at Ashoka – the premiere global network of social entrepreneurs. He will succeed Simon Parker and take up the post before the end of the year. Adam’s previous roles include Director of the Action and […]
While councils are revenue-poor, they are relatively capital rich, investing more than £20bn a year in projects ranging from housing to petrol stations and shopping centres. Despite austerity, councils were actually spending more on capital investment in 2014/15 than four years previously. Local government is using these investments to generate revenue to prop up hard-pressed public services, with a handful of smaller councils using their income to become independent of national grant funding.