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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Councillors’ attitudes to the planning system

A survey of over 1,200 ward councillors in England, carried out by the Local Government Information Unit, and commissioned by the National Trust, reveals councillors’ view that the planning system works in the interests of developers over councils and local communities.

England & Wales
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Telling stories: reality, fiction and local government

How has local government been represented in fiction? What stories does it tell us and does the fictional portrayal of councils and councillors reflect the reality of this world and critically does fiction itself influence that reality? Janet Sillett explores the reality of local government in fiction in our latest long read.

England & Wales
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Small is beautiful: delivering more homes through small sites

We will not build the homes we need in the UK on large sites alone. Instead we will have to find ways to unlock a range of smaller sites for development. This new report from LGiU in partnership with the Federation of Master Builders focuses on how councils can help to make this happen.

England & Wales
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Local Horizons: about LGiU Scotland

This publication summarises the work LGiU Scotland undertook in 2016, and looks ahead to our plans for the future.

Scotland
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Future Local

This collection of essays looks to a future where a more independent local government sector is driving forward local prosperity and development.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

Re-thinking decentralization

This policy paper was written by the Kosovo Local Government Institute. LGiU contributed to the paper as part of our partnership with the KLGI.

England & Wales
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Building a vibrant night time economy

In this report, produced with support from Portman Group, we have drawn on case studies from across England and Wales to develop five recommendations to help local authorities to develop vibrant and diverse night time economies.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

Human Rights Act: a guide for councillors

This guide aims to give councillors an understanding of the Human Rights Act and its bearing on their work as part of the local authority. It uses case studies to illustrate situations where the Act might be relevant to the activities of a local authority.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

How the EU works: all you need to know

There has been, according to many commentators, an information deficit on the conduct and quality of the debate accompanying the current EU referendum. This report attempts, as far as is possible, to offer a value-free overview of the workings of the EU.

England & Wales, Scotland