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Explainer: Adult social care

This explainer introduces you to some of the main issues in adult social care, especially topics that may be raised by local people seeking advice from their councillor. It is part of a series of explainers, covering key local authority subjects, which are aimed particularly at new councillors to help them settle into the role.

England & Wales

A New Settlement: Place and Wellbeing in Local Government

Following the upheaval of the past year, the time is right for a radical restructuring of power, politics and policy around the needs of local places. That’s why we argue in this paper, and in the full report that will be published on Wednesday 16 June, that the UK needs a new “settlement for place”.…

England & Wales
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Explainer: Cultural services

This explainer introduces you to the arts and culture sector and local authority cultural services, covering libraries, museums, theatres, arts services, and leisure services. It is part of a series of explainers, covering key local authority topics, which are aimed particularly at new councillors to help them settle into the role.

England & Wales

Ones to Watch: LE2021

Two years’ worth of elections. 143 councils. 13 mayors. What’s at stake and what’s up for grabs in May 2021? This long read looks at the hot elections across England.

England & Wales
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Essential guide to local elections communications 2021

Local elections matter and how we talk about them matters. Effective communications can build enthusiasm for local democracy and this communications guide focuses on some easy steps that councils can take during the election period.

England & Wales

Collection: Covid-19 in hindsight – reflecting on the global pandemic

This collection showcases a range of LGIU content covering local government and community experience during and post pandemic. On this page, you’ll find everything from content on Covid’s impact on health, the economy, and minority communities, to resources on post-Covid cities and local governments’ critical role during the pandemic.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Unfinished business

Local government has been financially under resourced and the policy agenda has underserved in key areas of service, democracy and community. This latest pillar in our Post-Covid Councils project sets out a blueprint for the thinking we need to generate some vital momentum around these pieces of Unfinished Business.

England & Wales

Free, fair and safe: 2021 local elections

In a comprehensive survey of council leaders, chief executives and heads of democratic services told us that we must delay local elections to the Autumn and we must do it now.

England & Wales