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
Right Tier, Right Now July 2, 2014

The future of two tier local government is one of most vexed questions facing the sector as a whole. It is quite clear that the current division of labour between counties and districts is unsustainable for some parts of the country as both tiers struggle to cope with unprecedented budget cuts. Some districts will cease […]

Right Tier, Right Now
Break on Through: Overcoming Barriers to Integration Laura Wilkes, Head of Research, May 6, 2014

This report focuses on what local areas can do themselves to transform, and how central government can support this. What we really need is radical change of relationships at a local level, and to support areas to catalyse this process of building better partnerships.

Break on Through: Overcoming Barriers to Integration
SMART PEOPLE, SMART PLACES: REALISING DIGITAL LOCAL GOVERNMENT March 19, 2014

Digital technology provides local authorities with huge opportunities to transform the services that they provide and the way they interact with communities. In a time when councils have to do much more with fewer resources, digital can provide a way to improve outcomes whilst delivering efficiencies. This report makes the case for digital local government […]

SMART PEOPLE, SMART PLACES: REALISING DIGITAL LOCAL GOVERNMENT