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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
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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
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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
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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
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Start of the possible

This report investigates for the first time the attitudes and perceptions of local elected representatives towards digital technology, governance and leadership in their authorities.

England & Wales Publication
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Paying for it: the human cost of cut-price care

The LGiU worked with the Mears Group to help tell the story of the human impact of provider failure and withdrawal from the home care market. This report presents these stories alongside analysis of the current state of commissioning and funding of home care.

England & Wales Publication