The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 requires commissioners in public authorities to have regard to economic, social and environmental well-being when buying public services. Public bodies are now encouraged to make social value a consideration and look for...

8th May, 2017


At a time when councils are facing unprecedented financial pressures, the development of new robotics technology has the potential to help, according to participants in a roundtable debate convened by the NLGN and business process outsourcing firm Arvato. The...

28th February, 2017


As our economy becomes increasingly globalised, our public policy response needs to become more localised. To ensure places are not buffeted by outside forces and are able to create relevant solutions, strong place-leadership is needed to forge adaptation and...

15th November, 2016


In the spring of 2016, NLGN and PA Consulting held an event with a new and unique format... we put devolution ‘on trial’. The event was designed to interrogate the current round of devolution deals and investigate if they...

17th June, 2016


In spring of 2016, NLGN and Veredus held two discussion events on the theme of collaborative leadership. The participants were council chief executives: the first event representing some northern local authorities and the second, London boroughs. This paper...

10th May, 2016


In early 2016 NLGN partnership with Weightmans, held a roundtable in Leeds to discuss the status and progress of devolution deals. Leaders and Chief Executives were brought together from combined authorities and a number of metropolitan and district councils.

6th May, 2016


Supported by: In collaboration with Action for Children, NLGN hosted three roundtable discussions on the role of local government in supporting parents. The first two discussions were held with councillors at the Labour and Conservative party conferences, and the...

10th December, 2015


NLGN hosted a roundtable in partnership with Prospects in March 2015 to discuss changing delivery models for children’s and youth services. This paper outlines the key themes from this discussion and how this fits in the wider context of...

14th July, 2015


In March 2015, NLGN ran a roundtable in partnership with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff in Birmingham to discuss the low carbon economy and its role in promoting sustainable growth. This paper outlines the key themes coming out of these...

2nd June, 2015


In January 2015, NLGN held a discussion event in partnership with Zurich Municipal to look at the future of local political leadership. With the role of councils rapidly changing and developing, how will the Leaders and Chief Executives of...

29th April, 2015


NLGN hosted two roundtable discussions in December 2014 and January 2015 centred on the Conservative and Labour parties’ approaches to health and social care in the run-up to the General Election in May 2015. This paper details the outcomes...

6th April, 2015


In November 2014, NLGN held a roundtable discussion in partnership with Tata Consultancy Services to consider the role of local authorities in investing and developing local skills. The discussion brought together senior executives from the economic development sector and...

9th February, 2015


It is now eighteen months on from the transfer of public health from the NHS to local authorities, and one year on from the publication of the NLGN report Healthy Dialogues: Embedding Health in Local Government. To mark this,...

27th January, 2015


Is public service reform harder in the north? In June 2014, NLGN and its partners convened a workshop in York to discuss how councils in the north were integrating and transforming their public services. This paper summarises the discussion.

3rd September, 2014


NLGN brought together local government chief executives to take part in an exercise to explore how place based, integrated public services can deliver budget reductions and better outcomes for people. We wanted to explore ideas and models for scaling...

17th July, 2014


It is clear that the key to the digital future is not in the technology but in people. The tech is impressive and important. But unless it is designed with the users and those whose job it is to...

24th June, 2014