DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION HERE We surveyed nearly 100 council leaders, chief executives and council mayors across the UK. On top of regular questions about the economy and public services, this quarter we included questions about preparing for a second...

23rd July, 2020


As councils prepare for recovery from COVID-19, we asked leaders in local government how their councils are preparing for a potential second wave

23rd July, 2020


As the COVID-19 crisis unfolded, we asked leaders in local government how their councils are coping with the challenges of this crisis. Here are the three things we’ve learned from our latest Leadership Index survey: Councils have been responding...

28th May, 2020


MAY 2020 Councils’ economic confidence plummets but faith in community hits all-time high. NLGN’s Leadership Index is a quarterly survey sent to all chief executives, council leaders/mayors in the UK. It provides insight into the level of confidence on...

27th May, 2020


Poor air quality ‘top concern’ for councils, but most feel unable to tackle it NLGN’s Leadership Index is a quarterly survey sent to all chief executives, council leaders/mayors in the UK. It provides insight into the level of confidence...

22nd January, 2020


Dining dividing lines continue to eat up councils as they fail to agree on what to have for Christmas lunch. We asked council leaders, chief executives and Mayors what they’d ban from the dinner table at on 25th December....

24th December, 2019


Uncertainty is bad for the economy. Yet the events of recent days and weeks have revealed even greater lack of clarity for local government when it comes to Britain’s departure from the EU. Our latest NLGN Leadership Index finds...

29th October, 2019


NLGN’s Leadership Index is a quarterly survey sent to all chief executives, council leaders/mayors in the UK. It provides insight into the level of confidence on key issues affecting local government. The October 2019 survey additionally asked local government...

29th October, 2019


NLGN’s Leadership Index is a quarterly survey sent to all chief executives, leaders and council mayors in the UK. It provides insight into the level of confidence on key issues affecting local government. Additionally, NLGN Leadership Index August 2019...

20th August, 2019


With violent youth crime firmly in the public eye, our latest NLGN Leadership Index focusses on how the issue is affecting local government and how the sector is responding to the crisis. As with all of our quarterly surveys...

20th August, 2019


The UK is facing a homelessness crisis; 1 in 200 people in Britain don’t have a place to call home. This shocking statistic is lived out through the stark rise in rough sleeping, widespread insecure housing, and the reality...

3rd April, 2019


NLGN’s Leadership Index is a quarterly survey sent to all chief executives, leaders and council mayors in the UK. It provides insight into the level of confidence on key issues affecting local government. One year on from the implementation...

3rd April, 2019


NLGN’s Leadership Index is a quarterly survey which provides insights into the level of confidence on key issues affecting local government. It is sent to all chief executives, leaders and council mayors in the UK. Key findings from the...

29th January, 2019


Our latest NLGN Leadership Index focusses this year on two big topical themes for local government: Brexit and prevention. With Brexit dominating the news agenda we asked local government chief executives and leaders about its impact on community cohesion....

29th January, 2019


The latest NLGN Leadership Index paints a stark picture of local government’s capacity to weather the current challenges facing the sector and those on the horizon. Our regular survey of chief executives, leaders and council mayors voices concerns from...

25th October, 2018


NLGN’s Leadership Index provides insights into the level of confidence on key issues affecting local government, based on the perception of chief executives, leaders and council mayors. NLGN Leadership Index October 2018 illustrates councils’ diminishing confidence in their powers...

24th October, 2018


Northamptonshire is just the beginning: most local authorities will only deliver the bare minimum in five years’ time Only one third of councils feel they will financially be able to provide discretionary services beyond 2023 and may cut back...

8th August, 2018


NLGN’s Leadership Index provides insights into the level of confidence on key issues affecting local government, based on the perception of council leaders, mayors and chief executives. The latest results reveal councils’ diminishing confidence in their power and resources...

8th August, 2018


Local government finance has been making headlines recently, for all the wrong reasons. As news broke that Northamptonshire County Council is now considering a “radical plan” to cut back services to the minimum, increasingly questions are being raised about...

8th August, 2018


Our Leadership Index reveals council Chief Executives and Leaders hold low confidence that they have adequate resources and powers to deliver statutory services. NLGN’s Leadership Index provides insights into the level of confidence on key issues affecting local government,...

28th March, 2018


A survey by New Local Government Network has found that council Chief Executives, Mayors and Leaders do not feel they have adequate powers and resources to meet local need for adult and children’s social care. The survey also found...

23rd March, 2018


Our new Leadership Index reveals the pessimism for the impact of Brexit on local economies Our survey of all council Leaders and Chief Executives, published in the Guardian on 3 March, found exceptionally strong pessimism about the impact of...

5th March, 2018