• Community groups attitude key to success

    14 July 2020

    Council attitudes towards community groups have a ‘clear impact’ on their success and sustainability, a think-tank report has found.

  • Building on citizen power

    07 July 2020

    The Local Area Co-ordination Network is dedicated to helping people find solutions to complex challenges through local resources rather than service interventions, as Professor Donna Hall and Nick Sinclair explain.

  • Righting Wrongs

    15 June 2020

    Anger and tumult have exploded around the world following the death of George Floyd. Ann McGauran reports on the effects of the waves of protest and how councils are working to ease tensions.

  • Successful community initiatives should not depend on having friends in high places

    03 June 2020

    Success in working with councils depends on knowing committed insiders, says Luca Tiratelli of the New Local Government Network.

  • Centralising instincts are undermining local assets

    28 May 2020

    NLGN's latest Leadership Index shows the importance of unshackling local government from Westminster's top-down approach, says Pawda Tjoa.

  • Community ties strengthen as economies unravel

    26 May 2020

    Community cohesion is at an all-time high despite plummeting economic confidence during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey of local government chiefs and leaders.

  • The power of local systems to save lives

    21 May 2020

    The money announced for testing, tracking and tracing is welcome, but it will be pretty thinly spread across local government, argues Professor Donna Hall. Councils need to be properly funded to do this properly.

  • Radical transformation’s biggest gift

    01 April 2020

    As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, its impact has shifted the community empowerment and participation agenda into overdrive, writes Heather Jameson as she looks at what the lasting legacy could be for local government and society.

  • Staying afloat while rocking the boat

    25 March 2020

    Katy Oglethorpe says the context may have ‘shifted unimaginably’ in the fortnight since hundreds gathered in London’s Guildhall united by a commitment to community power – ‘but its value has been exposed as even more pressing today’.

  • A powerful light at the end of the tunnel

    25 March 2020

    These are the most challenging times most of us have lived through, says Donna Hall – and ‘we can choose to close down or swim towards the light of a new community power at the precious heart of our public services’.

  • Budget did not reflect the importance of communities, says NLGN chair

    12 March 2020

    The Budget underplayed the role of individuals and communities, and local areas are ‘now at a point where we need to get community power done’, says the chair of the New Local Government Network (NLGN).

  • Organising for change

    26 February 2020

    Dominic Campbell looks ahead to the NLGN’s upcoming flagship event, assessing how the sector can make the most of the power of change

  • A DIY guide to local inclusive growth

    19 February 2020

    A new report presents a practical framework for cultivating local inclusive growth – featuring a host of case studies. But does it say enough about how the decisions that drive growth are made? Ann McGauran reports.

  • Report identifies 16 policy levers for promoting inclusive growth

    11 February 2020

    Inclusive growth requires a ‘sustained campaign for change across multiple fronts,’ according to a new report that identifies 16 policy levers councils can pull.

  • NLGN study highlights concerns over air quality

    22 January 2020

    Unitaries are much less likely than Metropolitan councils and London boroughs to consider taking action on air quality as ‘extremely or very important’, the latest quarterly NLGN leadership index survey has found.

  • More power for the people

    15 January 2020

    Margaret Bolton argues that it’s time to establish a Community Wealth Fund to devolve decision-making power and resources to the residents of the communities that have been ‘left behind’.

  • Communities hold the key to children’s social care

    15 January 2020

    Pawda Tjoa says community-led approaches to early intervention should offer valuable lessons for policy-making on a national scale – and now is the time to ‘nurture the local initiatives that are already making a difference’.

  • More weirdos wanted!

    15 January 2020

    You don’t have to be brilliant at digital, algorithms or a weirdo to see that naked self-preservation and worrying about rocking the boat too dramatically is what is behind the failure to deliver local public service reform, observes Donna Hall.

  • Rooted in the real world

    09 January 2020

    Director of the New Local Government Network, Adam Lent, talks to Ann McGauran about the impact made by the think-tank during his three years of leadership and the next steps for empowering communities.

  • A vision of the past

    28 November 2019

    The party manifestos have been branded ‘a little last decade’ after they were released in quick succession ahead of the General Election.