Publications

Our publications help local government professionals stay informed, learn from peers and experts, and develop their skills and expertise through in-depth analysis, research and insights on topics relevant to the sector.  Create a free LGIU website account to access exclusive content and sign up for our newsletters.

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Celebrating Irish local government

This collection of resources showcases the outstanding achievements and best practices in public service delivery across Ireland’s local government system. It highlights the dedication and commitment of Irish local councils in addressing the needs of their communities, as well as their constant innovation, which continues to raise the bar for excellence in local governance.

Ireland
Members

What does a new UK government mean for local government?

This paper explores what Labour and the Conservatives have said about local government over the past few months and since the election date was announced, as we begin to work out what the landscape will look like from the summer onwards.

England & Wales

Explainer: children’s services and young people

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

English local government: The landscape after the 2024 local elections

This report takes a look at the English local government landscape after the 2024 local elections. We look region by region with maps depicting council control before and after the elections, as well as exploring the Combined Authority, PCC and London Assembly picture.

England & Wales
Members

Explainer: Getting to know housing in England

This explainer provides a detailed introduction to local authority housing issues; key topics covered include homelessness, house building and renting. It is written with new councillors in mind but should also be useful to others new to local government or wanting to find out more about housing in England in 2024.

England & Wales, Scotland

The State of the Locals 2024

Each year, LGIU commissions Ipsos to carry out polling on UK attitudes to local elections, the work of councillors and the role of local government in England. This is a summary of the main findings from the 2024 survey.

England & Wales

Collection: Libraries, leisure and parks

This collection showcases LGIU’s resources exploring libraries, leisure and parks. In this collection you will find open content, member briefings and Global Local newsletters exploring best practice in delivering and maintaining community spaces and services, alongside an array of global case studies.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Local Elections 101: your questions, answered

We’re here to demystify the mysterious world of local elections. We’ve answered your key questions about how local elections in England work. What does No Overall Control mean? What is a Police and Crime Commissioner? What is the point of local elections? Read all about this and more.

England & Wales

Ones to Watch 2024

This is our guide to where the action will be in the May elections, covering council, combined authority, London assembly and PCC elections. We pick out the key contests where control might be won or lost and the stakes are high.

England & Wales

The State of Local Government Finance in England 2024

This report is drawn from the LGIU’s 11th annual survey of senior council leaders, chief executives, chief finance officers and cabinet members for finance, and provides a detailed picture of how the sector views the current financial position of local authorities.