Think tank warns against “danger of Whitehall blueprints” for localism June 9, 2011

Following the publication of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s ‘Report into Localism’ today, Simon Parker, Director of Localism think tank the New Local Government Network (NLGN), said: “This new report endorses NLGN’s call for a local government ‘right to challenge’ to provide central services, and we call on Government to enshrine this in […]

Commission launched to shape future of the localism agenda June 2, 2011

A high-level Commission will be launched this week to help deliver a workable and sustainable devolution of power to communities. The Localism Bill is the latest in a series of new policies that have transformed the operating environment for councils and their partners over the past year. As spending cuts bite, NLGN’s Commission on Next […]

“The Big Society doesn’t need another re-launch, it’s already happening” May 23, 2011

In response to the Prime Minister’s speech on the Big Society today, Simon Parker, Director of localism think tank the New Local Government Network (NLGN) said, “The government constantly tells us it does not want top-down decision-making by Whitehall, but in repeatedly re-launching this agenda with newer, catchier schemes, ministers are in danger of missing […]

Taskforce launched to examine new capital finance options for councils to drive growth May 19, 2011

In a new research paper, NLGN warns that the decision to increase the cost to councils of borrowing from government could threaten local authorities’ ability to boost local economic growth. Localism think tank The New Local Government Network (NLGN) also suggests that much-needed investment in community development and regeneration could suffer unless councils are able […]

“Ministers should take the lead in healing the divides of election hustings” May 6, 2011

“Ministers should take the lead in healing the divides of election hustings”, says think tank Reacting to today’s local election results, Simon Parker, Director of localism think tank the New Local Government Network (NLGN) said: “The cocktail of Coalition Government and Labour gains is likely to mean that political tensions rise even further over the […]

Councils should identify ‘Citizen Pioneers’ to design and deliver public services April 20, 2011

The financial situation means that public services have to develop a new relationship with citizens, whether that is to discuss which functions to cut back or, more positively, to find new ways to engage people in shaping their local areas. Behaviour change techniques are likely to be a very important part of local government’s toolkit over the coming years. These techniques are not new – councils have tried to discourage smoking and fatty foods for a generation – but they now need to be applied to all services in more ambitious and radical ways. NLGN examines the potential for implementing such techniques and the benefits that can accrue when done correctly.

Government must give citizens new powers over council audit to avoid loss of public trust April 4, 2011

As Communities Minister Grant Shapps launches plans for the future of local government audit, a new report from localism think tank the New Local Government Network (NLGN), challenges government to avoid a dangerous decline in public trust in councils by letting citizens take the lead in auditing local government finances. Based on extensive research across […]