The LGIU is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation working to make local democracy around the world collectively stronger, through shared ideas, resources and connections for local government.

Who we are

The LGIU (Local Government Information Unit) supports local government every day and has been doing so for more than 40 years.

Founded in 1983 by councils in England, we have member organisations – including local government, academic institutions, third-sector organisations and other stakeholders – across the UK, Ireland and Australia. Additionally, our Global Local individual subscription service connects the local government community worldwide.

What does the LGIU do?

Always solutions-focused, we seek to use our work to connect local government colleagues,  influence national policy development and ensure that the sector can do its very best for all our communities.

We provide our members with the support that staff and local elected representatives need day in and day out:

  • In-depth guidance, analysis, legislation and policy updates delivered through expert briefings, reports, panel discussions and training.
  • Daily updates on local government news and developments.
  • Unique sector-leading research, undertaken by our Local Democracy Research Centre, driven by our members’ priorities.
  • A growing, global local government community that connects colleagues and ideas from around the world and shares the best of local government across countries.

For the sector, our work provides insight and rigorous research to build a wider understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing democratically elected local government around the world.

Our purpose is to bring the world of local government together, to solve today’s challenges and prepare for tomorrow’s.

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More about the LGIU


LGIU membership provides an essential blend of resources, connections and high-quality research helping councils to deliver for their communities and empowering local government for the future. We offer corporate membership for councils and other organisations across the UK, Ireland and Australia. Find out more about joining LGIU.

Our members

The LGIU’s core membership countries are England & Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Australia. If you are an elected representative or staff member at one of our member organisations, then you are an LGIU member. Find out if you are and register on the website to access your member resources.

Our locations

We operate in our core membership countries of England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia, ensuring local knowledge and expertise with a global outlook. Find out where we are and how to contact us.