“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]