In response to yesterday’s Police and Crime Commissioner elections NLGN’s Director Simon Parker said: “The new PCCs need to recognise that low turnout means low legitimacy. They can still make a positive difference, but they need to do so through partnership, openness and engagement with the public. There is no mandate for autocracy.” To receive […]
In response to the anticipated low voter turnout at today’s Police and Crime Commissioner elections NLGN’s Director Simon Parker said: “Relatively low turnout shouldn’t be taken as a lack of interest in localising power. The government hasn’t really spent much political capital on promoting the Police and Crime Commissioner role, this begs the question, if […]
NLGN, with the support of Zurich Municipal, set out to investigate the risks to the next generation that the economic downturn has generated. While the immediate impact of the downturn is apparent, the implications in the medium term are far from clear: Will unemployment help to create a ‘lost generation’ of unemployable young people? Will […]
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.
The Next Localism Commission’s findings advocate the creation of a generation of self-governing shire and city states capable of facing up to the UK’s tough economic climate and solving the challenges in English, as distinct from UK, governance.
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 […]
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 […]
“We welcome the PM’s decision to bring together a new cabinet of mayors to give directly elected city leaders a strong voice in government. But it is important we don’t forget the 12 mayors who already exist across the country. They are pioneers of this model and have vital lessons to share about how to […]