Osborne’s Long Term Plan at Risk from Demographic Challenge November 25, 2015

Simon Parker, Director of local government think tank NLGN responds to the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR): “George Osborne has set out a spending review for balancing the nation’s books, but his plans for deep council cuts show he is in denial about the challenges Britain’s demographics pose to hard-pressed social care departments. “While giving […]

Osborne’s Long Term Plan at Risk from Demographic Challenge
NLGN Shortlisted for Think Tank of the Year November 20, 2015

We are pleased to announce that NLGN has been shortlisted for Think Tank of the Year at the prestigious Public Affairs Awards 2015. The awards will be announced on Thursday 10th December at an awards ceremony hosted by Sky News presenter Adam Boulton. Head of External Affairs, Emma Burnell said: “We are delighted to see […]

NLGN Shortlisted for Think Tank of the Year
Public knows little about the ‘devolution revolution’ – but supports local decision-making October 30, 2015

Citizens trust local government most to make decisions about local services. But they know little or nothing about the Government’s decentralisation plans. Doubts remain about the potential of the Northern Powerhouse to achieve its goals. Introducing elected mayors makes little difference in the eyes of the public. Despite acknowledging that they know very little about […]

Public knows little about the ‘devolution revolution’ – but supports local decision-making
Simon Parker statement on Right to Buy Deal Simon Parker, Director, NLGN, September 25, 2015

We call for continued scrutiny and challenge of this proposed measure which we believe will be devastating to councils ability to plan for what is right for their own areas.

Simon Parker statement on Right to Buy Deal
Councils at risk of becoming irrelevant April 23, 2015

data is not just a financial asset, but equally that it is the key that unlocks council’s ability to fully integrate and transform the services they offer local people to truly develop the full potential of their places.

Councils at risk of becoming irrelevant
Statement on Conservative Right to Buy changes April 14, 2015

Statement begins: “Forcing councils to sell-off their highest value properties is simply bad policy. Money should not be taken from hard-strapped local authorities to fund a central pot to compensate housing associations for the Conservatives’ decision to introduce Right to Buy with high discounts to their tenants. Councils are already struggling both to house their […]