New Local Government Network
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (September 2010)|
|New Local Government Network|
|Purpose/focus||local government reform|
|Headquarters||Holland House, 4 Bury Street, London, EC3A 5AW|
|Region served||United Kingdom|
The New Local Government Network (NLGN) is a United Kingdom think tank which was founded in 1996. Its director is Simon Parker, previously of Demos, the Institute for Government and the Confederation of British Industry.
NLGN describes itself as a non-profit making, independent think tank that seeks to transform public services, revitalise local political leadership, and empower local communities. Members of the board include Sir Steve Bullock, Tony Travers, Ben Lucas, Stewart Jackson MP and Gerry Stoker. Former directors include Chris Leslie, former Labour MP for Shipley, between 2005 and his re-election to Parliament for Nottingham East in the General Election of 2010.
It publishes papers on a variety of policy areas, most recently publishing the results of an extended research project on the current UK government's drive for efficiency in local government.
The NLGN is currently overseeing a 'Commission on Next Localism' that will assemble the thinkers and representatives at the forefront of the localism agenda. The Commission will look to formulate a coherent vision for a localist governing and public service settlement for the UK. Key issues being examined include local government finance, the future of local democracy and the reinvention of local economic development.
While NLGN does not have ties to any political party, the think tank has welcomed a number of the Localism policies announced in the first months of Prime Minister David Cameron's government, but called for greater financial freedom for local government bodies.