Northern Ireland Press Releases

LGIU and NILGA announce a new partnership to support councils across Northern Ireland

The Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) and Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) have today launched a new partnership service to support councils across Northern Ireland.

The LGIU has more than 40-years experience providing resources and advocacy for the local government sector. This new collaboration with NILGA will see the two organisations supporting councils across Northern Ireland with the shared aim of empowering local democracy across the 11 councils.

A dedicated manager based in Northern Ireland and supported by the LGIU’s full membership and policy team will deliver member services for councillors and officers across NI. Resources and member benefits include policy briefings, a Global Local bulletin, local government policy sessions and events, daily updates on UK/Ireland local government news, discounted training, a case study database and Local Democracy Research Centre reports. Click here to sign up using your council email address.

Full details on all of LGIU services now available to Northern Irish councils can be found below.

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGIU, said: “The LGIU is proud to have been supporting the vital work of local government across UK for more than 40 years. That we now also provide services to councils in the Republic of Ireland and Australia is a testament to the value LGIU delivers to the sector.”

“Partnership is the hallmark of local government in Northern Ireland, so we are particularly excited to have the opportunity to work closely with NILGA and bring the benefits of our wider network to councils in Northern Ireland.” 

Alison Allen, Chief Executive, NILGA, said: “At NILGA we recognise the importance of collaboration in driving innovative change. This partnership is a pledge to members that we are here to support them. We are delighted to join forces with the LGIU and bring their knowledge and experience to local councils in Northern Ireland. This is an exciting and innovative partnership and one which we look forward to developing.


Notes to editors

About LGIU

The LGIU – Local Government Information Unit – is a not-for-profit, non-partisan membership organisation. We are for local government and anyone with an interest in local democracy and finding local solutions to the challenges that we all face. Our resources, innovative research and connections are relied on by colleagues across the globe.


NILGA is the council-led representative body for local authorities in Northern Ireland. The Association is supported by political parties and independent members in councils, and works in partnership with other key regional bodies and stakeholders. NILGA members are drawn from each of the 11 councils. The Association supports and represents NI Local Government’s interests on regional bodies, within the Local Government Group of Associations in the UK, ROI and in Europe.

About LGIU services

Everyone at LGIU member councils has access to all of LGIU’s membership benefits, no matter their role, and there’s no limit to the number of signups any council can have. LGIU resources include:

  • Weekly policy briefings and reports from local government experts on key policy issues and upcoming developments.
  • Our Global Local bulletin containing weekly themed insights and best practices from international local government.
  • Access to a range of local government panel sessions, events, workshops, roundtables and seminars run by LGIU and partners.
  • access to the Local Democracy Research Centre outputs and the option to shape LGIU’s academic research agenda.
  • Access to our network of local government Daily News bulletin delivered every morning in your inbox before breakfast with a summary of the day’s local government press stories in England, Scotland or the Republic of Ireland.
  • an international local government blog with first-hand insights from those working in and around local government
  • A case study database that pulls together all LGIU content that contains case studies to facilitate policy learning between councils.