NLGN’s research and thought-leadership seeks both practical impact for local government and partners, and to influence national policy priorities as they relate to places and public services. Our core focus is on changemaking, a future vision for local government to generate and sustain impact in the future.
Demand pressures are increasing across all public services. As a consequence, increasingly resource, capacity and energy of local services are channelled towards managing and responding to crises and immediate problems, rather than the longer-term prevention and early intervention which so many recognise is required for sustainability.
Our economy faces twin challenges of poor productivity and significant regional imbalance, which means that different areas have very different challenges and opportunities to drive growth. These underlying challenges are structural and long term, but Brexit creates a new urgency to make sure our economy is both competitive internationally and doesn’t leave people behind.
Technological change is advancing more rapidly than people and institutions are able to respond. This has always been the case, but with cost and demand pressures growing for local government, the ability to take advantage of new opportunities is becoming ever more important to ensure efficiency and to realise better outcomes in complexity.