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.
This research shows that the spectre of unitary status is still holding back the potential for local collaboration, as local partners focus on the potential for nationally imposed reorganisation instead of focusing on the challenging business of working together.
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 […]
This research outlines a clear pathway to an integrated future for public services. A new report from NLGN has outlined business models that councils can adopt to help them work towards integration.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]