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New councillor? LGIU is here for you

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This welcome message is part of our Resources for New Councillors.

Congratulations on being elected as a new councillor. You are at the start of an amazing journey representing your local communities and shaping local services as we recover from the pandemic.

But it’s not easy. How do you keep on top of everything that’s going on? How do you process huge amounts of technical information at short notice? How do you know what other councils are doing and what works? How do you navigate a sea of information to find the best ideas?

That’s where LGIU comes in. We are the largest and oldest independent membership organisation for councils. For forty years we have been supporting innovation and best practice in local government. We give councillors and councils officers the information they need to do their jobs today, the ideas they need to improve for the future and the networks they need to learn and to share.

We do that through policy briefings, a daily news service, training, independent research and practitioner networks.

And it’s not just in the UK.  We believe that local government is at its best when it is informed, engaged and networked, and that all our members gain value from global perspectives, lessons and relationships. We also work in the Republic of Ireland and Australia and share best practices from around the globe.

We have ambitious plans to expand our reach, insight and influence: new partnerships generating new ideas, new perspectives and new connections in the UK and around the world.

We would love you to be part of that. We are only as good as the combined wisdom of our members and the more we hear from you the better we can serve you. If your council is a member of LGIU you have unlimited access to all our materials and resources. We hope that they help you as you begin your career as a councillor.

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive LGIU

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New councillor? What you need to know about LGIU

The Local Government Information Unit is your source for information, innovation and ideas about local government. Founded by local government, fully owned and governed by local government and staffed by people who are passionate about local democracy – LGIU is your organisation. This post is here to help you get the most out of LGIU.

We provide information and support to people who are elected to or work in local government. On our resources for new councillors page we’ll be adding materials over the next days and weeks to help you get to grips with your new role. Our new briefings for councillors is coming out soon and we’ll be adding primers for specific policy areas as well as sharing the perspectives of councillors who were just starting out not so very long ago.

Membership matters

LGIU is an independent, non-partisan membership organisation and think tank. We offer organisational membership with no limits on how many people at your local authority can benefit. Want to find out if your council is one of our nearly 200 members? Check our list of members here or pop your new council email address in here to register straight away and find out if your council is an LGIU member.

What you’ll get as a member:

  • We provide around 300 policy briefings each year on everything that matters in local government.
  • Daily News – all the latest news about local government straight to your inbox first thing every day.
  • Member-exclusive policy events
  • Weekly newsletter with highlights of our member exclusive content
  • Blog and podcast with insight and inspiration.
  • Member exclusive events.
  • Discounts on LGIU courses and learning and development events.
  • A say in what we research and content we publish.
  • Plus everything available to Followers below

More than members

As a charitable organisation with a mission to serve local government and the communities they serve, we provide some of our information services to the wider sector rather than to just members. While our information briefings are exclusive to members, there are other reasons to sign-up to our forever-free Follower subscription.

Get linked in:

The best way to use our services is to sign up to notifications. This way you’ll be able to get everything you’re interested in from developing new skills to following the latest local government news. You can tailor your preferences to get as much or as little as you need.


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