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Local Elections 2018: Ones to watch

This is our guide to where the action is in the local elections. Which councils are too close to call? Whereabouts in the country does political control hang in the balance? Which are the authorities where gaining or losing a seat could make or break a party’s fortunes?

England & Wales Publication
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2018 Guide to Local Elections Communications

This guide is based on LGiU experience of covering elections and working with local authorities. It covers digital communications and using open data to create more transparent local elections.

England & Wales Publication
Members & Followers

LGiU MJ State of Local Government Finance Survey

LGiU and The MJ have run the State of Local Government Finance Survey every January since 2012 to coincide with councils setting their annual budgets. The results give a snapshot of the key pressures facing councils and their ideas for the future.

England & Wales Publication
Members & Followers

Reviving localism: three challenges

This collection of essays from 2017 explored three core policy questions – how should local government be funded, how to strengthen local democracy and how can we design and pay for an adult social care service that is fit for purpose. Questions that have grown increasingly critical with each passing year.

Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Publication
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Building Connected Communities

Our research, in partnership with the Ramblers, shows that local authorities want to build places that encourage walking and active travel.

England & Wales Publication
Members & Followers

Beyond Devolution – the final report of the Local Democracy Network

At this key moment in the trajectory of the UK it is crucial to ask what the future has in store for local democracy. This is precisely what we do in Beyond Devolution, the final report of the Local Democracy Network, which LGiU convened throughout 2017.

England & Wales Publication
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The local vantage: how views of local government finance vary across councils

This report, jointly written by researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and PwC, looks at how the views of councils’ decision-makers relate to the characteristics of the councils they represent or work for.

England & Wales Publication
Members & Followers

Community collaboration: a councillor’s guide

Engaging people in the decisions that affect their lives is an essential feature of local democracy. This goes far beyond town hall meetings and opinion surveys: we must recognise that communities often hold the answers to their own problems and allow them an equal voice at the table. For the purposes of this report, we…

England & Wales Publication
Members & Followers

Does local government work for women?

This interim report from the Commission on Women in Local Government outlines key findings from data analysis of women’s representation in councils across England and Wales, carried out by the Centre for Women and Democracy. It also presents the findings of an LGiU survey of 2,304 councillors, carried out between December 2016 and January 2017.

England & Wales Publication