Commenting on Scottish Labour’s proposals to abolish Council Tax in favour of a new local property tax and devolve powers over tax to local government in some circumstances, Director of New Local Government Network Simon Parker said: “Local taxation is broken across the United Kingdom. The system is regressive, fails to reflect changes in property […]
This final report moves the debate into practical territory by focussing on actions rather than structures, and the wider resources of places rather than the organisational boundaries of institutions.
“The government promised stable, long-term funding for councils, but today’s announcements will only add to the sector’s confusion. George Osborne promised further cuts for 2019 and knocked a huge hole in business rate income without spelling out how councils will be compensated. On the positive side, the government promised new devolution deals for East Anglia, […]
The New Local Government Network warns that proposed new legislation that would allow Police and Crime Commissioners to oversee local fire services could endanger lives. Dr Claire Mansfield, author of our recent ‘Fire Works’ report into the future of the Fire and Rescue Services said: “The police’s role as enforcers of the law can mean […]
“This settlement offers local government jam tomorrow, when the crisis is today. The pain is spelled out in black and white, while the gains are based on long term estimates and heroic assumptions. Greg Clark’s devolution agenda is genuinely radical, and the offer of four year budgets is very welcome. But if devolution is going […]
The paper sets out the potential of reimagining health as place-based, and lays out the challenge for the Place-Based Health Commission, chaired by Lord Victor Adebowale.
Supported by: In collaboration with Action for Children, NLGN hosted three roundtable discussions on the role of local government in supporting parents. The first two discussions were held with councillors at the Labour and Conservative party conferences, and the last was held with practitioners and officers in London. This paper is the outcome of these […]
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 […]