Audit Commission Chief says CPA is Great Opportunity to Improve Public Services November 12, 2002

Sir Andrew Foster, Controller at the Audit Commission has issued a plea to local authority officers to embrace their forthcoming CPA assessments and view the process as a willingness on the part of central government to give local government the power it needs to improve local public services. In a keynote address to an NLGN […]

NLGN calls for additional local authority ‘freedoms’ November 8, 2002

Independent think-tank NLGN is calling upon government ministers to illustrate their commitment to ‘new localism’* by including a number of additional proposals in the Local Government Bill proposed in the Queen’s speech. Hopeful for a progressive Bill that helps shift the balance of power between central and local government towards an agenda that NLGN and […]

Comprehensive Performance Assessment: Strategies for Success November 5, 2002

One day national conference New Connaught Rooms, London WC2, Monday 11 November Keynote speaker: Sir Andrew Foster, Controller, Audit Commission Comprehensive Performance Assessment will shortly affect every local authority in England. The classifications that councils receive will determine the freedoms and flexibilities they are offered or whether they are to face special measures. This timely […]

NLGN & NPI call for Treasury ‘Green Book’ reform to raise quality of investment appraisal October 28, 2002

Two independent think-tanks, the New Local Government Network and the New Policy Institute, are calling on the Treasury to make further amendments to a new draft of its ‘Green Book’ – the central government “bible” setting out the basic principles on investment appraisals for the allocation of public spending. In their joint submission, made public […]

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Independent think-tank, the New Local Government Network (NLGN) is calling upon the Government to take “a leap of faith” in its moves to decentralise power to local authorities in the UK and to establish a new culture of local and regional democracy. A new pamphlet, New Localism: refashioning the centre-local relationship – by Dan Corry […]

NLGN to establish ‘Mayoral Forum’ October 4, 2002

Independent think-tank NLGN has announced that it is setting up a Mayoral Forum to offer practical support to the UK’s initial group of directly elected mayors. The forum will involve: The development of key relationships between mayors, chief executives, other senior officers and key agencies. Responding to needs and requirements arising from regular discussions on […]

‘New Localism: refashioning the centre-local relationship’ October 1, 2002

a publication launch with Ed Balls, Chief Economic Adviser to the Treasury and the authors Dan Corry, Executive Director, NLGN & Professor Gerry Stoker, Chair, NLGN Thursday 10 October 9.30am for 10.00am – 11.30am (prompt start) 1 Great George StreetWestminster, London All media enquiries to Ian Parker – 020 7357 0116/ian@nlgn.org.uk Notes: NLGN is an […]

NLGN calls on Government to toughen its plans for intervention for failing councils September 30, 2002

Independent think-tank NLGN has responded to the Government’s recent consultation paper Tackling Poor Performance in Local Government, offering detailed criticism of the draft strategy and calling for far more robust intervention plans. In a document, made public today, NLGN argues that any intervention must be a necessarily unpleasant experience for failing local authorities: “So that […]