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

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
Members & Followers

Does local government work for women?

This interim report from the Commission on Women in Local Government outlines key findings from data analysis of women’s representation in councils across England and Wales, carried out by the Centre for Women and Democracy. It also presents the findings of an LGiU survey of 2,304 councillors, carried out between December 2016 and January 2017.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

Start of the possible

This report investigates for the first time the attitudes and perceptions of local elected representatives towards digital technology, governance and leadership in their authorities.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

Paying for it: the human cost of cut-price care

The LGiU worked with the Mears Group to help tell the story of the human impact of provider failure and withdrawal from the home care market. This report presents these stories alongside analysis of the current state of commissioning and funding of home care.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

Guide to Crowdfunding for Local Authorities

This guide will help you to unpick the different types of crowdfunding, their uses within and outside local government, and contains practical tips for those who wish to give crowdfunding a try.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

2017 State of Local Government Finance survey

The LGiU and MJ jointly conducted the 2017 State of Local Government Finance survey from 5 January – 26 January 2017 and received 163 responses.

England & Wales