Category leadership

What next for localism?

Full text of speech by the Chairman of NALC, Councillor Ken Browse, to the ‘What next for localism?’ conference on Wednesday 26 March 2014: Good afternoon everyone. I want to start by saying thank you to Freddie for chairing today’s event. As the Chairman of NALC it’s usually my job to ensure our event runs […]

Where next for local democracy?

A speech by Rory Stewart MP – who is also Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on local democracy – on the future of local democracy on Wednesday 27 November, at an event hosted by Localis.

The Big Society #1: And our local parish and town councillors

The central feature of the coalition’s programme for government, other than addressing the budget deficit, seems to be the Big Society thing. The Big Society thing is all about the activity of the state being too pervasive and crowding out community life and individual responsibilities. The Prime Minister himself has made it clear that “the […]

4th plinth and Colalife

When I was at #localgovcamp recently I finally met in the flesh Russell Tanner, the e-Communications Manager for the Commission for Rural Communities. We’d previously swapped emails on a whole heap of stuff, in particular on sorting out the online launch of guidance arising from our joint project on engaging with new unitary authorities. Like […]

NALC Leadership Academy Pilot

A first for my blog in the shape of a guest post, an article from our Learning and Skills Manager, Neil Evans on a recent pilot leadership academy: In partnership with the Improvement and Development Agency for local government (IDeA), NALC ran its first leadership pilot programme in November 2008 at Warwick University’s prestigious business […]