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.



Annual Review 2023

As 2023 draws to a close, we look back at the work of the LGIU this year.

England & Wales

The state of local government finance in Scotland

This report from the LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre explores the financial pressure that councils are facing from the perspective of those responsible for council finances. It is based on a survey sent to council leaders, chief executives and directors of finance in Scottish local authorities.

England & Wales, Scotland

LGIU@40: For the Future of Local Government

This manifesto details what we believe needs to happen to set local government on the right path to be the sustainable and effective force we all need. It is based on research the LGIU has undertaken over the last decade and on a programme of in-depth conversations with our members.

England & Wales, Global

What role for local government in Scotland’s National Care Service?

This new report from the LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre, written by our partners at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Care looks at the implications for local government of a national care service plan as proposed by the Scottish government. 


LGIU@40 Collection: Finance

Finance is a central theme of our LGIU@40 campaign about the future of local government. This collection of resources explores the risks and opportunities for local government finance, and includes major research reports, articles, member-only briefings and our Global Local newsletter.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Councillors at the casino? The differentiated landscape of local council financial strategies in England

Professor Andy Pike from Newcastle University explores how financial innovation has become part of the repertoire for local councils struggling to close funding gaps in England. He explains how these practices are connected to characterisations of ‘councillors at the casino’ running risks with taxpayers’ money and taking a public service gamble, jeopardising essential service provisions.

England & Wales

Collection: Health and social care

This collection explores LGIU’s work on everything health and social care. With a range of trainings and events, briefings, articles and an in-depth paper from the LGIU’s local democracy research centre, this collection is your one-stop-shop for all things local health, well-being and care.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland

Collection: Food, agriculture and rural communities

This collection showcases a range of LGIU work exploring food, agriculture and rural communities. It has plenty of key resources to offer for staff and councillors in public services who aspire to drive and improve engagement and sustainability in rural and agricultural areas.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Collection: Future technology

This collection showcases LGIU’s resources exploring technology and its future uses in society. In this collection you will find open content, member briefings and Global Local newsletters exploring both the opportunities and limitations technology presents, alongside an array of global case studies and best practice.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland