England & Wales Democracy, devolution and governance, Finance, Housing and planning

LGiU’s 2018 policy programme


We will be delivering three major local authority-led projects in 2018 that will provide a voice for the sector and move the dial on some of the most urgent issues within local government – homelessness, finance and public trust.

We will work with a wide range of council representatives to challenge central government’s record on localism and find solutions that work for local people. Each commission will be led by a steering group drawn from LGiU membership.


Homelessness Commission
We will investigate what councils can do to prevent and address homelessness in line with and beyond new duties. Contact Andrew Walker


shaking handsPublic Trust Lab
We will explore issues of trust between the citizen and state and what difference changing levels of trust have on outcomes in services and on a vibrant democracy. Contact Ingrid Koehler


coin-stackLocal Finance Taskforce
We will address the precarious financial situation and provide a leading voice to demand answers on how we fund our vital local public services. Contact Jennifer Glover


How you can help

We are keen for you to get involved by sharing your stories and experience, participating in events and joining sounding boards. We are looking at new ways to involve you!

We will be using these email groups to call for opinions, case studies and to keep you in the loop, so keep an eye out for our monthly updates.

Make sure you’re signed up to our virtual stakeholder groups.


Roundup of 2017’s policy work

2017 was a busy year in local government, thanks for being with us for the journey. Here are some of our highlights:




  • Paying for It looked at the human cost of low priced care
  • Development continued on CoCare, our app with Kingston Council to support outcomes-based commissioning in home care
  • Building Connected Communities, with the Ramblers, looked at planning to create a better outdoor experience
  • Regional roundtables on digital leadership with Vodafone
  • Start of the Possible, the first ever comprehensive survey of councillors on their attitudes to digital

Reviving Localism

Our essay series brings together our work on Finance, Democracy and Services during 2017 and makes recommendations for radical new approaches to support local democracy.

Jen Glover writes about business rate retention; Andrew Walker discusses lessons learned from the devolution experiment in Greater Manchester; and Ingrid Koehler looks at prospects for adult social care.


Want to be involved with LGiU’s policy programme? Then join our virtual stakeholder groups!