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 […]

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 […]