Treasury short-sightedness stops councils unlocking £50bn local growth boost September 20, 2012

The Treasury’s limited view of the value of public assets is crippling local authorities’ ability to drive local growth and meet deficit targets. A new NLGN report, has found that failure to generate commercial returns from local government’s assets could cost £50bn in lost revenue over the next decade.

Health gridlock unless board powers boosted May 15, 2012

The government’s radical public health reforms could stall unless new Health and Wellbeing Boards are given greater legislative clout, localism think tank NLGN warns today. To succeed, the new boards need to be able to influence everything from social care and planning to school immunisations and housing. But NLGN’s new report finds scepticism among councils […]

Kicking social care to the curb will bankrupt local government May 9, 2012

Responding to the Queen’s Speech, NLGN Director, Simon Parker, said: “The country is storing up a crisis in the social care system. This is the single biggest cost that local authorities face and demand is rising rapidly. If the government cannot find a way to contain the costs of elderly care, the short term impact […]

Councils must act to avoid rise of a reclusive society February 29, 2012

The new age of austerity risks creating a reclusive society characterised by public affluence and private squalor, localism think tank NLGN warns today. In a provocation paper setting out scenarios for future relationships between councils and the public, the think tank warns that the era of austerity could create ‘me first’ attitudes that cause people […]

Councils ready to open new retail bond market for municipal debt, think tank finds February 21, 2012

English councils are prepared to use retail bonds to pay for crucial improvements to schools and highways – but only if the price is right. New research from localism think tank NLGN, based on interviews with senior finance officials, shows that the flexibility of retail bonds and the fact that local residents can buy them […]