Publications

We have an extensive catalogue of publications - research reports, long read articles, toolkits and best practice guidelines - that stem from our work with our member councils and other collaborations. Most publications are free to read and download as PDFs but you do need to be logged in to the website. Please sign in or set up an account if you don't already have one (this is free of charge). A few publications are for members only.

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Bundle: Local government around the world

We focus on local issues in a connected world. What can we learn from local governments around the world as they face both unique challenges and those we all face in our own communities. This is a collection of international local government content.

Global

LGIU MJ State of Local Government Finance Survey 2020

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 the impact of ongoing financial uncertainty on their communities.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

Bundle: Brexit

After 47 years of membership the UK leaves the EU today (31st January 2020). This bundle brings together the content that we have produced on Brexit over the past few years.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members & Followers

Prospects for Devolution in the 2020s?

The government’s commitment to “levelling up” certainly could be transformative. There is potential for devolving real political and decision making powers to councils as part of this process over this year and into the 2020s. But given the historical precedent it would be an astonishing turn of events. It would break the pattern in the…

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
Members & Followers

Councillor skills: reading for speed and retention

Miranda Smythe offers some key tips for getting through the huge amounts of reading material that is a councillor’s lot.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Most popular LGiU content of 2019

Your favourite LGiU content from 2019 from England & Wales, Scotland and Ireland – including member-only policy briefings, blogs, think pieces and podcasts.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland

Annual Review 2019

After a busy 2019 for local government, our annual review reflects on the past year for LGiU, and provides a look ahead to 2020.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

Unfinished business

At LGiU we’ve been thinking, writing, talking and acting with our members on all these issues and more for the last ten years (and the 25 years before that). Collected here are ten ideas from the last decade that we think are unfinished business. These are ideas we still believe in, ideas on which we…

England & Wales, Global
Members & Followers

Bundle: GE2019

Read the latest content from LGiU all about the 2019 General Election. Find out what it means for councils, from running the election to potential policy prognostications.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members & Followers

The Brexit saga – reflections on a historical analogy

As the October 2019 Brexit deadline looms (subject to any possible extension), with anticipation of an orderly exit ebbing and flowing, this long read offers some reflections on the story so far from an Irish perspective.

Ireland