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.



Ones to Watch: LE2021

Two years’ worth of elections. 143 councils. 13 mayors. What’s at stake and what’s up for grabs in May 2021? This long read looks at the hot elections across England.

England & Wales
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Essential guide to local elections communications 2021

Local elections matter and how we talk about them matters. Effective communications can build enthusiasm for local democracy and this communications guide focuses on some easy steps that councils can take during the election period.

England & Wales

Collection: Covid-19 in hindsight – reflecting on the global pandemic

This collection showcases a range of LGIU content covering local government and community experience during and post pandemic. On this page, you’ll find everything from content on Covid’s impact on health, the economy, and minority communities, to resources on post-Covid cities and local governments’ critical role during the pandemic.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Unfinished business

Local government has been financially under resourced and the policy agenda has underserved in key areas of service, democracy and community. This latest pillar in our Post-Covid Councils project sets out a blueprint for the thinking we need to generate some vital momentum around these pieces of Unfinished Business.

England & Wales

Free, fair and safe: 2021 local elections

In a comprehensive survey of council leaders, chief executives and heads of democratic services told us that we must delay local elections to the Autumn and we must do it now.

England & Wales
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Can we have healthy elections in a pandemic?

It’s European Local Democracy Week and even as we celebrate the amazing contributions elected members have had on their communities as we publish our Cllr Awards shortlist, it’s also a time to reflect on the impact Covid-19 has had on democracy and on voting and what we need to do to make sure that our…

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
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An introduction to mental health

This guide written by LGIU associate trainer Miranda Smythe offers an introduction to mental health disorders, laws and people’s rights and tips for supporting and communicating with a person who has a mental health diagnosis.

England & Wales