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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Homelessness Commission Launch

LGiU has launched the Local Government Homelessness Commission, led by and for our member councils.

England & Wales
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Communications

Though aimed at council communications teams, this guide is designed to help anyone working in local government, including councillors, approach media opportunities with greater confidence and thereby make the most of them. It brings together and adds to several briefings we have published in England and Scotland on communications in local government.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Local Elections 2018: Ones to watch

This is our guide to where the action is in the local elections. Which councils are too close to call? Whereabouts in the country does political control hang in the balance? Which are the authorities where gaining or losing a seat could make or break a party’s fortunes?

England & Wales
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Identity, Communities, Regeneration: sense of place in local government

In this long read Janet Sillett looks at what makes a place a place, what makes some places work and others not, how councils chart the story of their places and respond to the changes that inevitably happen.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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LGiU MJ State of Local Government Finance Survey

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 their ideas for the future.

England & Wales
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Business rates

This guide looks at business rates both as a tax and as a source of funding for local authorities and is largely based on LGiU policy briefings.

England & Wales
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Reviving localism: three challenges

This collection of essays from 2017 explored three core policy questions – how should local government be funded, how to strengthen local democracy and how can we design and pay for an adult social care service that is fit for purpose. Questions that have grown increasingly critical with each passing year.

Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland
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Building Connected Communities

Our research, in partnership with the Ramblers, shows that local authorities want to build places that encourage walking and active travel.

England & Wales
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Beyond Devolution – the final report of the Local Democracy Network

At this key moment in the trajectory of the UK it is crucial to ask what the future has in store for local democracy. This is precisely what we do in Beyond Devolution, the final report of the Local Democracy Network, which LGiU convened throughout 2017.

England & Wales