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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Paying for it: the future of local government finance

This collection of essays, published by the LGiU and sponsored by ACCA, tackles one of the thorniest issues in public service – how to fund local government. The Coalition agreement included a commitment to a local government finance review and in the run up to this these essays put forward ideas, questions and areas for discussion…

England & Wales
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People Places Power: how localism and strategic planning can work together

This discussion pamphlet explores how localism and strategic planning can work together. We know the future of local government over the next few years will be shaped by two forces: a drive towards localism and the need to achieve efficiencies and cut spending in a challenging financial context. In this pamphlet, LGiU argues that if…

England & Wales
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Natural Leaders: actions for local environmental leadership

The natural environment is a cost effective means to meet a range of economic, social and environmental outcomes; but it needs local leaders to recognise its worth and translate this into action. This guide, supported by Natural England, aims to present the first principles for local environmental leadership through a series of chapters that provide…

England & Wales
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Local Work: empowering local government to tackle worklessness

In this discussion document, the arguments for a radical and rapid devolution to local government of resources and responsibilities for tackling worklessness are set out. The many reasons why local government is ideally placed to tackle this country’s problems of entrenched worklessness are dealt with, but a key element of the argument concerns the proposed financing…

England & Wales
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Local SONAR

This paper calls for a new settlement between communities, local government, national government and its agencies to improve the stewardship of local natural resources, which the LGiU has named ‘Local SONAR’. The current legal framework and governance structures in the UK are not well suited to delivering sustainable development. They are too centralised and deal…

England & Wales
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Walk this way: recognising value in active health prevention

Health and wellbeing is a primary concern of local services. It is clear there will be no universal answer to improving health outcomes, rather there needs to be choice and access that give communities the ability to tailor their own path to a healthy lifestyle. In this context, Natural England and LGiU formed a partnership to…

England & Wales
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Once and For All: funding the improvement gap in existing council housing

This report was written by the LGiU for the London Borough of Southwark. It suggests proposals for dealing with the shortfall in council house funding and raising money needed to bring housing stock up to scratch without simply asking central government for more money. The report shows that the financial system for council housing has…

England & Wales
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Room to Move

The LGiU was commissioned by Westminster Council to carry out research in to the growing problem of overcrowding and look at possible long-term solutions. Room to Move is the report of that research. The report recommends an an overhaul of current legislation to bring about fundamental changes to local government finance and to loosen the constraints on…

England & Wales