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.



Members & Followers

Councillor skills: reading for speed and retention

Miranda Smythe offers some key tips for getting through the huge amounts of reading material that is a councillor’s lot.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Most popular LGiU content of 2019

Your favourite LGiU content from 2019 from England & Wales, Scotland and Ireland – including member-only policy briefings, blogs, think pieces and podcasts.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland

Annual Review 2019

After a busy 2019 for local government, our annual review reflects on the past year for LGiU, and provides a look ahead to 2020.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

Unfinished business

At LGiU we’ve been thinking, writing, talking and acting with our members on all these issues and more for the last ten years (and the 25 years before that). Collected here are ten ideas from the last decade that we think are unfinished business. These are ideas we still believe in, ideas on which we…

England & Wales, Global
Members & Followers

Bundle: GE2019

Read the latest content from LGiU all about the 2019 General Election. Find out what it means for councils, from running the election to potential policy prognostications.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members & Followers

The Brexit saga – reflections on a historical analogy

As the October 2019 Brexit deadline looms (subject to any possible extension), with anticipation of an orderly exit ebbing and flowing, this long read offers some reflections on the story so far from an Irish perspective.

Members & Followers

Local Finance Taskforce: A roadmap to a sustainable future

The LGiU’s Local Finance Taskforce ran through 2018 /19 to expand the conversation and widen the thinking about what is needed to achieve a well-functioning council funding system. This report and the recommendations it contains are the result of that wide-ranging discussion.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

LGiU Homelessness Commission 2019: Final Report

The LGiU Local Government Homelessness Commission was set up to investigate how councils can fulfil their obligation to prevent homelessness. This report is the first assessment of the state of homelessness prevention from the perspective of local government.

England & Wales

Personal safety for councillors

Our personal safety is something many of us take for granted, this short, members-only guide offers some guidance on assessing risk and adopting strategies and behaviours that will minimise any potential hazards you might identify as part of your councillor role.

England & Wales, Scotland