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As Tiers Go By: A collaborative future for counties and districts

This research shows that the spectre of unitary status is still holding back the potential for local collaboration, as local partners focus on the potential for nationally imposed reorganisation...

29th October, 2014

The Council and the Common: Local government in 2020

This paper aims to provide a snapshot of how councils are preparing for the future. Based on interviews with senior officials from across the country, it provides a high...

2nd October, 2014

The DIY Ethic: Business models for community integration

This research outlines a clear pathway to an integrated future for public services. A new report from NLGN has outlined business models that councils can adopt to...

17th September, 2014

Working Together: SUPPORTING SMEs TO WIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

In May 2014, NLGN held a roundtable discussion bringing together local government and SMEs to discuss opportunities and barriers to working together. This paper outlines the key themes that...

12th August, 2014

On with the Show: Supporting Local Arts and Culture

Local authority funding for the arts and culture has fallen by 19 per cent* in the last 3 years and organisations around the country are feeling the effects. Local...

24th July, 2014

Right Tier, Right Now

The future of two tier local government is one of most vexed questions facing the sector as a whole. It is quite clear that the current division of labour...

2nd July, 2014

Combined Efforts: The Future Governance of England’s Cities

This collection provides an overview of what this new spirit of collaboration has achieved thus far, and looks ahead to how the new combined authorities could develop in coming...

12th June, 2014

EFFECTIVE COMMISSIONING: AN NLGN WHITE PAPER

Better commissioning is a critical part of the future for local government. As councils redefine themselves for a new era of high demand and tight budgets, the quality of...

27th May, 2014

Break on Through: Overcoming Barriers to Integration

This report focuses on what local areas can do themselves to transform, and how central government can support this. What we really need is radical change of relationships at...

6th May, 2014

Smart People, Smart Places: Realising Digital Local Government

Digital technology provides local authorities with huge opportunities to transform the services that they provide and the way they interact with communities. In a time when councils have to...

19th March, 2014

Healthy Dialogues: Embedding health in local government

This report looks at the challenges, difficulties and solutions that public health teams have experienced during, and since, the transfer. It also examines the extent to which public health...

12th December, 2013

Localism 2015: Where next for the political parties?

In order to start a conversation between local and national leaders in advance of the manifesto writing process, NLGN have produced a collection of political essays from council leaders...

17th September, 2013

Future Councillors: Where next for local politics?

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...

16th July, 2013

The History Boys: Lessons from local government’s past

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...

3rd July, 2013

LGA Conference Journal: If I could change one thing in local government…

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...

2nd July, 2013

Towards a Healthy Democracy: An NLGN essay collection

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...

22nd May, 2013

Gaming the Cuts: Anyborough in 2018

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...

16th April, 2013

The Road Not Taken: New Ways of Working for District Councils

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...

7th March, 2013

Great Expectations: The next steps for a new generation

Young people face a widening ‘expectation gap’ as their dreams of a stable career, home and family become ever more unattainable, localism think tank NLGN warns today in its...

23rd January, 2013

Commissioning Dialogues

A new report from NLGN and CBI reveals that conversations between councils and independent providers of public services are stuck in low gear. This creates a risk that councils...

10th December, 2012

The Next Generation: The values, attitudes and behaviours of Britain’s future citizens

NLGN, with the support of Zurich Municipal, set out to investigate the risks to the next generation that the economic downturn has generated. While the immediate impact of the...

26th October, 2012

More Light, More Power: Reimagining public asset management

The Treasury’s limited view of the value of public assets is crippling local authorities’ ability to drive local growth and meet deficit targets. A new NLGN report, has found...

20th September, 2012

Healthy Places: Councils leading on public health

The government’s radical public health reforms could stall unless new Health and Wellbeing Boards are given greater legislative clout, localism think tank NLGN warns today. To succeed, the new...

15th May, 2012

Grow Your Own: Skills and infrastructure for local economic growth

NLGN’s report – Grow Your Own: Skills and Infrastructure for Local Economic Growth, kindly supported by BT and Kent Country Council – argues local government must seize a new...

16th April, 2012

Anticipating the Future Citizen

The new age of austerity risks creating a reclusive society characterised by public affluence and private squalor, localism think tank NLGN warns today. In a provocation paper setting out...

29th February, 2012

Retail Therapy: Local capital finance and the retail bond market

English councils are prepared to use retail bonds to pay for crucial improvements to schools and highways – but only if the price is right. New research from localism...

21st February, 2012

Build to Let: Rethinking the use of housing benefit to help families out of temporary accommodation

NLGN have published a report that revealed London’s boroughs could build a new generation of council houses, avoid disrupting the lives of poorer citizens and save money for the...

16th December, 2011

Delivering Distinctiveness: The future for district councils

NLGN has launched Delivering Distinctiveness a new essay collection edited by Daniel Goodwin, Chief Executive of St Albans City and District Council. The publication explores the future for district...

14th December, 2011

Capital Futures: Local capital finance options in an age of recovery

Councils could save vital school and highway projects by looking to a new market in municipal bonds, according to research from localism think tank NLGN. The new Capital Futures...

7th December, 2011

Commissioning Care in the 21st Century

The new NLGN report, jointly commissioned by the ALDS Forum and the LDC, Commissioning Care in the 21st Century, argues that the only way to ensure that personalised services...

22nd November, 2011

The Devil in the Detail: Designing the right incentives for local economic growth

The Devil in the Detail: Designing the right incentives for local economic growth, a new white paper issued this week by NLGN, presents a timely response to the recent...

11th November, 2011

The Next Question: The future of local leadership

Local Government Minister Bob Neill MP, writing in a new essay collection from NLGN, states that government will be looking to local leaders to help deliver its decentralisation agenda....

12th September, 2011

Future Councils: Life after the spending cuts

Local councils of the future may undergo a process of ‘Californication’ as they respond to budget cuts, new analysis predicts. A report published today by localism think tank the...

7th September, 2011

Going Dutch: Local Government and Fuel Poverty

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...

21st July, 2011

Realising Community Wealth: Local Government and the Big Society

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...

29th June, 2011

Localist Capital Finance: The challenges ahead

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...

18th May, 2011

Changing Behaviours: Opening a new conversation with the citizen

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...

19th April, 2011

Show Me the Money: Accounting for Localism

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...

4th April, 2011

Shared Necessities: The next generation of shared services

NLGN's new report has revealed the tough challenge facing councils that are sharing services in order to fill the gap caused by the government’s spending cuts. But the report...

1st March, 2011

Power and Money: How local economies can benefit from renewable energy

NLGN have called on councils to try and cushion some of the current financial pressures they face by making greater use of green energy subsidies – with an estimated...

16th February, 2011

Communities in Charge: Decentralisation and differentiation of charges and fees

A new report, published today, is calling on councils to be given new powers to charge for local services. The report, from the New Local Government Network think tank,...

31st January, 2011

Next Localism: Five trends for the future of local government

A new report by localism think tank NLGN has set out a vision for more sustainable local public services beyond the current financial settlement and the aims of the...

26th January, 2011

Paint the Town Green: Meeting the energy efficiency challenge at community level

Our report suggests that the government’s flagship ‘Green Deal’ programme will be in danger of failing to reach the households most in need of more energy efficient homes across...

22nd November, 2010

A Fair Cop? Elected Police Commissioners, Democracy and Local Accountability

Proposals to make new elected Police Commissioners more accountable to broader local democratic government and their local communities are published in this new NLGN paper

16th November, 2010

Going Nuclear? A general power of competence and what it could mean for local communities

The Government’s new General Power of Competence for local authorities will only work successfully if councils are given clear legal freedom according to the New Local Government Network. In...

30th August, 2010

Through the Looking Glass: Putting citizens at the heart of the assessment process

In the wake of the Coalition Government’s decision to scrap the Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA), NLGN is today calling for remaining inspection regimes to be slimmed down and for...

20th July, 2010

Scanning Financial Horizons: Modelling the local consequences of fiscal consolidation

Analysing figures from the recent Budget, NLGN is predicting that this could leave councils with a funding reduction of over £12 billion, which could lead to services being cut...

7th July, 2010

Making Sense of Entitlement

This paper argues that users would benefit if better outcomes could be achieved more efficiently if public services were subject to less central instruction, as long as the necessary...

16th June, 2010

Councils and Community Banking

Polling published by NLGN show strong support from local government leaders for new measures to tackle financial exclusion. With figures showing[1] that more than a third of low earners...

29th March, 2010

Greater than the sum of its parts

A lack of joined-up working across Whitehall departments risks undermining the Government’s Total Place initiative according NLGN’s new report. In one of the most detailed studies so far on...

18th March, 2010

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