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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Members & Followers

Local partnership working for a vibrant night time economy

This new report from LGiU and Portman Group presents the findings of our recent survey of English local authorities on their approach to managing the evening and night time economy.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members & Followers

Cities on the Rise – Actions for Local Government

LGiU Scotland attended the Academy of Urbanism’s 2018 congress – Cities on the Rise – to focus in on key points that local authorities might find useful, and to feed back the relevant learning to our members. This report covers material on building democratic cities, anticipating the driverless future, and the new urban crisis.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
Members & Followers

Local Finance Taskforce – Finance Scorecard

Business Rate Retention and the Fairer Funding Review are important steps towards reforming local government finance; but we believe that to achieve a sustainable system we need a much broader and more radical conversation post 2020.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

Homelessness Commission Launch

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

England & Wales
Members

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
Members & Followers

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
Members & Followers

2018 Guide to Local Elections Communications

This guide is based on LGiU experience of covering elections and working with local authorities. It covers digital communications and using open data to create more transparent local elections.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

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
Members & Followers

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