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 […]

Councils can’t administer benefit cuts without the tools to deal with the consequences, says think tank August 2, 2011

NLGN Media Comment Tuesday 2nd August 2011 Reacting to today’s CLG announcement on devolving responsibility on allocating council tax benefits, Simon Parker, Director of Localism think tank the New Local Government Network (NLGN), said: “Just because the government cuts council tax benefit, doesn’t mean fewer poor and elderly people need it. Many councils are already […]

Going Dutch could save households £125 on fuel bills July 22, 2011

A new White Paper from NLGN suggests that by following a model of bulk purchasing from energy providers recently launched in The Netherlands, councils can create significant savings for their residents.

“Ministers need to hold their nerve” on public service reform, says think tank July 11, 2011

In advance of the publication of the Public Services White Paper today, Simon Parker, Director of localism think tank the New Local Government Network (NLGN) said: “Ministers are right to encourage local government to push decisions down to communities – and many councils are already doing exactly that. But the drive for localism must also […]

Let citizens appeal to remove local government auditors July 7, 2011

Reacting to the Select Committee report on audit reform, Simon Parker, Director of localism think tank the New Local Government Network (NLGN) said: “We’re pleased that the committee has recognized our call earlier this year for independent local audit bodies with members of the public heavily involved in monitoring council finances. This is by far […]

Localised business rates “a financial shot in the arm”, says think tank June 29, 2011

Reacting to the Deputy Prime Minister’s LGA Conference speech, Tom Symons, Senior Researcher of Localism think tank the New Local Government Network (NLGN), said: “Allowing councils to retain their business rates will certainly give them more independence and a financial shot in the arm, but there will inevitably be winners and losers, with some equalization […]

‘Doubly deprived’ areas at risk in Big Society, new report warns June 29, 2011

A new report from localism think tank the New Local Government Network (NLGN) will this week show which areas of the country are most ready to benefit and most at risk from the Government’s Big Society agenda. The report will show that: There is no strong link between a community’s wealth and its ‘Big Society’ […]

New NLGN report maps Big Society wealth June 29, 2011

A new report from localism think tank the New Local Government Network (NLGN) will this week show which areas of the country are most ready to benefit and most at risk from the Government’s Big Society agenda. The report will show that: · There is no strong link between a community’s wealth and its ‘Big […]