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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A system wide perspective of local government finance in Germany

This report focuses on the local government funding system in Germany. It is part of ongoing research by the LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre comparing funding systems in different countries.

England & Wales, Global, Northern Ireland, Scotland

Parking strategies and innovation

Parking is a complex issue that cuts across social, economic, environmental and development policies. There are also new developments in the pipeline that councils need to be aware of and incorporate into their strategies. This new report is intended as an informative tool to aid discussions around future planning.

The council and the car

Local government is often responsible for the last mile and the first. This collection of LGIU resources looks at how councils can manage our relationship with the car and its possible alternatives.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland

Collection: Energy – powering local future

This collection showcases a range of LGIU work that explores energy on a local level, including transitions in energy sources and powering future homes. It has plenty of key resources to offer for staff and councillors in public services that aspire to drive a sustainable energy transition in their areas.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland

Collection: Tackling pollution

This collection showcases a range of LGIU work that explores all things pollution, including air, waste and water. From exclusive LGIU member content to our Global Local newsletters, plus articles which are free for anyone to read, we provide resources to support better policy and practice for your communities.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland

Collection: Environmental governance

This collection showcases a range of LGIU work that explores all things environmental governance on a local level, including best environmental practice from local leaders around the world, the importance of community engagement, and adaptation and resilience strategies.

England & Wales, Global, Northern Ireland, Scotland

Notable practice: LGIU case study roundup May 2023

Councils around the world are tackling problems with resourcefulness and ingenuity. LGIU’s round up of case studies, good practice highlights from our exclusive Daily News and. more. From re-wilding to economic development and cost-of-living support.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland With case study

Collection: Cost of living crisis

Many global economies are going through a ‘cost of living crisis’. There are many factors that are currently contributing to this problem as explored within this collection of LGIU resources. Here you can explore the different components and the critical role of local government in the midst of these rising financial concerns.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland