NLGN posed this question in a recent survey of more than 65 councils from across the country. Depending on how you read the results, the findings are either remarkably optimistic or deeply worrying.
What will the councillors of the future look like? This paper starts with a short futures exercise which explores the styles of political leadership that are likely to emerge by the end of the decade as members grapple with challenges on a scale they have not seen before.
This collection brings together four essays on the history of local government. Bermondsey, Birmingham, Liverpool and London provide the stage and politicians from each of the major political parties take leading roles.
We invited a selection of NLGN members to contribute their thinking. Deliberately we chose a question to focus the mind. To zero in on a single alteration that one could make to effect change. So this year, we’ve asked the best and brightest from the NLGN network to answer the question: ‘If you could change one thing in local government, what would it be and why?’.
NLGN’s welcomed local government leaders, executives and partner organisations to our Summer reception on Monday, hosted by Rt. Hon. Nick Raynsford MP on the Westminster terrace. Representatives from around the UK used the opportunity to meet MPs and Whitehall officials to gain clarity on aspects of the Government’s plans for the sector.
The return of public health to local government is probably the biggest single transfer of new responsibilities for decades. Many in the sector are justifiably excited by the change though analysts are already flagging emerging challenges. At this time of transition, NLGN presents a new essay collection of leading politicians from around the country reflecting on how they plan to approach their new duties.
A new report shows that Leisure and education services across the country face the axe as councils struggle to deliver cuts that could amount to 50% of their real terms spending power by 2018.
District councils need to step into the role of place leaders if barriers to sustainable growth are to be overcome across the UK. NLGN’s new report, The Road Not Taken: New Ways of Working for District Councils, supported by the District Councils’ Network (DCN), argues that districts can be a central cog of local growth. […]