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.



Collection: Irish spotlight

This collection highlights the services Irish local government provides for their communities. In keeping with the theme of LGMA’s Your Council Day, we’ll be showcasing the range of work taking place across Irish local authorities, including the services not always associated with councils, such as arts and heritage, urban and village renewal, and tourism.


Collection: Democracy, devolution and governance

This collection showcases a range of LGIU work that explores democracy, devolution and governance. From exclusive LGIU Member content to our Global Local newsletters filled with innovation and inspiration, plus articles which are free for anyone to read, this collection provides resources to support better policy and practice for your communities.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland

Collection: Local government finance – international lessons

International research and lessons on local government finance. What are the challenges? What are the potential solutions and how can we ensure a sustainable future for local government?

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Local government finance: a comparative study

The Local Democracy Research Centre has commissioned experts at the University of Northumbria, led by Dr Kevin Muldoon-Smith, to look at how local government is funded in different countries around the world. This is an introduction to that research with an overview to the funding systems in England, Germany, Italy and Japan.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

The limitations of local government finance in England: A system wide perspective

For the last ten years we have been asking council leaders, chief executives, cabinet members for finance and section 151 officers their opinions on how local services are financed in England. This new report is the next step in our ongoing research into how local government finance could be different and better.

England & Wales, Global

Global Local: Think Tank Review May 2023

The monthly Global Local Think Tank review highlights relevant research and policy from leading think tanks around the world. This month: offices to houses, public services digital, Covid recovery fraud, whistle blowing and active travel.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Explainer: children’s services and local government

This explainer gives you the full rundown on education and children’s services for new councillors or anyone needing a comprehensive overview of local authorities’ roles in this area.

England & Wales

Notable practice: LGIU case study roundup March-April 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

LGIU@40: For the future of local government – a white paper

LGIU@40: For the Future of Local Government is LGIU’s new programme driven by our core belief in the vital role that local democratic institutions have in creating better places for us all. We will be establishing a set of new ideas about how local government could work better and how we can build the firm…

England & Wales, Scotland