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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Outcomes Matter: effective commissioning in domiciliary care

A recent LGiU survey of social care departments showed that three quarters of respondents disagreed with the statement ‘our current systems will be sufficient to manage our adult social care provision in future’. Of particular concern was a ‘time-task’ culture of service delivery. With growing pressure on adult social care resources, the goal of promoting…

England & Wales
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Should we shed the middle tier?

This report, based on LGiU research conducted in partnership with the NUT and Unison,  looks at the future of education governance in light of the fact that more than half of secondary schools are now academies or free schools: independent of local authorities and accountable to the Secretary of State. Conversions to academy status are…

England & Wales
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Public notices: the case for radical reform

This report looks at the current system that requires councils to publish public notices in local newspapers – at an annual cost of up to £67.85m

England & Wales
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The 2011 Summer Riots: one year on

This report draws on research carried out by LGiU to examine the local government response to the summer riots of 2011, and gives a snapshot of how prepared local authorities are to respond to future riots. LGiU surveyed 53 local authorities asking what action they have taken in the last 12 months since the riots…

England & Wales
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Care Now and For the Future: an inquiry into adult social care

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Local Government brings together MPs and Peers with local government to promote dialogue and inform policymaking. The Group is chaired by Heather Wheeler MP, with LGiU providing the Secretariat. A full list of members can be found below. The 2012 inquiry looked at the nature and funding of adult social…

England & Wales
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Future Service Partnerships

Partnerships have never been more important for local authorities. By working with other organisations in the public sector, the private sector and the community, councils can connect with more people and achieve more. It is up to councils and their partners to find new ways of working together. The interpretation of ‘partnership’ is very fluid…

England & Wales
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Making Social Care Personal and Local: moving from mass production to co-production

This joint publication from Governance International and the LGiU brings together contributors from councils, health and social care providers, the voluntary sector and universities. Over 24 chapters the contributors look at the reality of health and social care co-production and the important difference it is making to people’s lives and service delivery.  

England & Wales
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Primary Justice Reloaded: a model for localised probation services

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is consulting on plans to reform the Probation Service and community sentencing. These proposals are contained in two consultations: Punishment and Reform: Effective Probation Services andPunishment and Reform: Effective Community Services. This paper from the LGiU, in association from Unison, is divided into four sections: the first explores why the…

England & Wales
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The Future of Arm’s-Length Bodies

This report based new research conducted by the LGiU and supported by the Carnegie Trust looks at the future role of arms length bodies in public service delivery. The report identifies key challenges to quangos to ensure that they remain accountable and transparent. Despite the Government’s ‘Bonfire of the Quangos’ research has shown that these bodies…

England & Wales
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In it together: In practice

In It Together: In Practice is the culmination of an extended piece of joint research by the LGiU and the Children’s Services Development Group (CSDG) – gathering senior representatives from local government and service providers together. The report is the third in CSDG’s In It Together series, which has sought to demonstrate how strategic partnership…

England & Wales