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 […]

A DESIGN FOR LIFE: HOW COUNCILS AND HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS CAN COLLABORATE FOR IMPACT March 24, 2015

Local authorities, housing associations and the health sector are natural partners. There is significant overlap between the people they work with and the challenges they face. This report examines good practice demonstrating the benefits of collaboration, analyses some of the barriers to change and sets out practical steps and tools for overcoming these obstacles.

A DESIGN FOR LIFE: HOW COUNCILS AND HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS CAN COLLABORATE FOR IMPACT
NLGN welcomes Government commitment to extending digital ambition March 19, 2015

In the Budget yesterday, Chancellor George Osborne offers a further commitment to the digital transformation of local government. The Red Book – the details of the budget – says: “HM Treasury, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Government Digital Service will collaborate with partners in local government, as the sector develops a […]

NLGN welcomes Government commitment to extending digital ambition
Council Budgeting must be brought into the 21st century December 1, 2014

Councils should adopt “smarter” approaches to budgeting which make sure the strategic value of every pound goes towards meeting outcomes. They should no longer simply follow the patterns of past spending based on previous spending in individual departmental siloes.

SMART BUDGETING: INTEGRATING FINANCIAL AND STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR OUTCOMES
New APSE and NLGN research: ‘Better business: Councils shaping markets for public value’ October 15, 2014

Local councils urged to do more to shape private markets for public value. Two influential local government think tanks have called on local authorities to lead the way in encouraging businesses to work better to develop more socially responsible practices. In a new research report ‘Better business: Councils shaping markets for public value’, which was […]

Local Authorities must find new ways to champion the arts & culture July 24, 2014

Local authority funding for the arts and culture has fallen by 19 per cent* in the last 3 years and organisations around the country are feeling the effects. Local authorities must consider alternative ways of sustaining local culture, NLGN warns in its report, The Arts Council England On with the Show: Supporting Local Arts and […]

Local Authorities must find new ways to champion the arts & culture