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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Risk and Reward: local government and risk in the new public realm

There has never been a greater need for innovation in local government service delivery. This report recommends councils to adopt an eight-point risk manifesto for a more flexible approach to risk in order to maximise the potential involvement of community groups and other in delivering services.

England & Wales
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The Future of Local Government’s Role in the School System

In partnership with the NUT and Unison, the LGiU conducted a survey of 80 local government children’s services leaders, focusing on the future of local government’s role in the changing education system. This is the report of the survey findings.

England & Wales
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Local authorities, Big Society and Adaptation to Climate Change

This is the final report of a project that looked at existing toolkits to support community involvement in, and ownership of, local adaptation and how these tools can help build a strategy or plan to take forward big society work in promoting adaptation to climate change.

England & Wales
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The 10 Pillars of Local Energy Security

LGiU has published this guide to help local authorities and other public sector organisations to navigate their way through the policy choices around delivering safe, secure low-carbon energy.

England & Wales
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Honouring the Armed Service Community

This report, supported by the Royal British Legion, draws on research carried out by the LGiU which looked at how local authorities provide for armed service communities living in their areas.

England & Wales
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Independent Ageing: council support for care self-funders

The LGiU and Partnership, the longest established UK insurer, have produced a report which highlights the cost to local councils of those who begin by funding their own care but fall back on state funding when their own means run out.

England & Wales
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All’s well that ends well? Local government leading on health improvement

The LGiU was commissioned by the Department of Health to carry out an independent study of the role of local government in supporting health improvement and tackling health inequalities, and to analyse the structure of support needed locally to deliver effective action for communities.

England & Wales