Swift Read: Lockdown fines – who is paying the penalty?

More than 85,000 fines have been issued under lockdown rules in England alone, but is the system of fixed penalty notices fair or are some people wrongly fined by the police and local authorities? A swift read based on a report by a parliamentary committee looks at the situation.

England & Wales

Councils and the climate crisis: making social housing energy efficient

Improving the energy efficiency of housing is a vital part of tackling the climate crisis. This means upgrading council homes and other social housing to reduce carbon emissions. This briefing looks at the money available to councils and whether local authorities can take a lead in encouraging higher energy standards in other tenures of housing.

England & Wales, Scotland

Oireachtas report: April 2021

This briefing provides a summary of Oireachtas activity in April, covering social housing, new personal injuries guidelines and private security services.


Reshaping our cities and regions to drive the COVID recovery

This briefing looks at Australia’s cities and regions, and how they function now and into the future, with a specific focus on employment density – and aims to answer the question: ‘is there such a thing as an ‘optimal’ size for a city or region?


Queen’s Speech 2021 – key points for local government

Today, in the first major event since the death of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty the Queen opened a new Parliamentary session with her speech outlining the Government’s legislative agenda. Key focuses for local government were on voter ID, Covid-19 recovery and delivering a programme for levelling-up.

England & Wales

LGIU guide for new councillors

Becoming a councillor is an exciting time but can also be daunting. This short guide provides information and advice for our new councillor members to help navigate through the initial period in this critical role.

England & Wales

Supporting the LGBTIQA+ community

As the International Day Against LGBTQIA+ Discrimination is coming up on 17th May, this briefing looks at how councils are working to acknowledge, support, and engage the diverse groups that make up their workforces and communities.