Keep it simple and let business flourish November 11, 2011

The Devil in the Detail: Designing the right incentives for local economic growth, a new white paper issued this week by NLGN, presents a timely response to the recent government consultation on business rates reform. While acknowledging the Government must strike a careful balance between equity and efficiency, the report strongly recommends ensuring the system […]

New rates system must avoid central raid on council resources, think tank warns October 26, 2011

Wednesday 26th October 2011 New rates system must avoid central raid on council resources, think tank warns Localism think tank NLGN today welcomed the principle of allowing councils to keep more of their local business rate growth, but warned that the government’s current proposals could create an overly complex system of tariffs and transfers while […]

Radical reform of library, waste and transport systems needed October 13, 2011

NLGN today calls for radical reform of council services including transport, waste and libraries, as new analysis reveals that the cost of issuing a book can be so high that in some cases it might be cheaper to buy each borrower a new copy. As citizen demands change and cuts start to bite, NLGN’s research […]

NLGN says concerns remain on Enterprise Zones’ ability to deliver longer-term national growth August 17, 2011

NLGN Media Comment In response to today’s Government announcement confirming new Enterprise Zone locations, localism think tank the New Local Government Network (NLGN) Head of Research Paula Lucci said: “The unanswered question remains how Enterprise Zones will contribute to longer-term national growth rather than simply offering a short, sharp boost to specific areas” “We welcome […]

NLGN think tank says “trust councilors to make up their own mind on owning assets” August 5, 2011

Following today’s publication of the national public property map, Liam Scott-Smith, Head of External Affairs at the New Local Government Network (NLGN), said: “This map of council-owned assets is useful, but the next step needs to be to take a more panoramic look at assets held across the public sector, including in Whitehall, as this […]