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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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
Members

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
Members & Followers

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
Members & Followers

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
Members & Followers

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
Members & Followers

The local vantage: how views of local government finance vary across councils

This report, jointly written by researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and PwC, looks at how the views of councils’ decision-makers relate to the characteristics of the councils they represent or work for.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

Reflections from the Frontline

Johanna Boyd reflects on her time spent as leader of Stirling Council and shares her insights into what makes a successful councillor.

Scotland
Members & Followers

Community collaboration: a councillor’s guide

Engaging people in the decisions that affect their lives is an essential feature of local democracy. This goes far beyond town hall meetings and opinion surveys: we must recognise that communities often hold the answers to their own problems and allow them an equal voice at the table. For the purposes of this report, we…

England & Wales