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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Localism and New Communities

The report explores how councillors can provide leadership when building new homes and creating new communities. It contains innovative and practical recommendations to help them do so.

England & Wales
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How Services are Funded

It is well known that local authority budgets are experiencing a period of unprecedented pressure. However, it is rare to find someone with a good understanding of the nature of this pressure. There is no shortage of data on local authority budgets, but few people are sufficiently familiar with it to carry out meaningful analysis,…

England & Wales
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Managing floods: Supporting local partnerships

Floods have a huge, potentially disastrous impact on communities up and down the country. Though we can’t stop it happening, we can look for ways to minimise the damage and to support those affected.

England & Wales
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Technology and transformation in town halls

LGiU has worked in partnership with Hewlett-Packard to look at the opportunities and challenges presented to local authorities by new technology.

England & Wales
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Evaluation of the Cabinet Office Commissioning Academy

The Commissioning Academy was set up by the Cabinet Office in 2012 to bring together leading figures from local and central government, as well as other public sector organisations, to learn about new approaches to commissioning and drive innovation across the public sector.

England & Wales
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People-shaped places: how Lambeth let residents redesign the neighbourhood

LGiU has carried out an evaluation of Lambeth’s new approach to improving the local neighbourhood. The evaluation draws together some broad, practical tips for councils similarly interested in placing a community engagement programme at the centre of council delivery.

England & Wales
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Public Houses: How councils and communities can save pubs

LGiU has worked in partnership with CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) to understand and support councils taking action to protect community pubs. The report argues that local authorities have the powers to prevent pubs being redeveloped.

England & Wales
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Municipal Futures

LGiU has published a new collection of short essays on the future of local government. The collection, written by LGiU staff, is an attempt to move beyond debates about technical solutions to problems and to ask more fundamental questions about what local government means in the 21st century.

England & Wales
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Local Audit and Accountability Act

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 completed its passage through both Houses of Parliament and received Royal Assent on 31 January 2014. This guide describes the background to the Act, the provisions of the Act and the new local audit framework.

England & Wales