Terms of use

Thank you for using the LGIU’s website. Like all websites ours has some terms of use, which are set out here. These terms of use relate specifically to this website and creating and using website accounts. There is a separate Memorandum & Articles for LGIU member organisations, which cover terms of membership.

By using the website we take it that you agree to these terms of use.

Who can use the LGIU website?

Anyone is free to browse on our website and there is some content that is immediately accessible. A lot of content does require you to register on the site and create an account with us before you can read it.


There is no charge to set up an account on the website. There are two levels of account.

Member account: If you are an employee or councillor with an organisation that pays for LGIU membership then you can create a member account and gain access to all the content on the LGIU website.

Follower account: If you are not connected with an organisation that pays for LGIU membership then you can create a follower account. This will allow you to access a certain amount of restricted content such as publications but will not allow you to view exclusive member content including most policy briefings.

Your login details

You must keep your login details, including password secure. Setting up an account on the website is easy and free, so please do not share your individual login details with anyone, rather you can encourage them to create their own.

Changing account restrictions or termination of account

If you have a member account but the LGIU member organisation to which you are connected ceases to be an LGIU member then we will switch your website account to follower and you will no longer be able to read member only content.

If you have a member account but then leave the organisation which is an LGIU member, you must inform the LGIU and we will switch your website account to follower.

We reserve the right to change restrictions for an account or close down any website account without warning, though we will try to give account holders all possible notice.

If you wish to close down your website account then please notify us and we will delete the account.

Personal information

We do collect and store personal information; to find out what personal data we collect when you visit our site or create an account and how we use and store that data, including information about cookies, please read our privacy policy page.

Using content that appears on the LGIU site

LGIU is the owner of content that appears on this website (unless specifically stated otherwise).

Member content should only be used by employees or councillors at organisations that have paid for LGIU membership. There is no limit to the number of councillors or employees at a member organisation who may register on the website and access member content. These users are also free to distribute content within their organisations and use as part of internal documents, provided LGIU is cited as the source of the material.

Individuals from member organisations may not forward member only content to people in organisations that have not paid for LGIU membership.

Individuals with a follower account or no account at all may use accessible content from the website for personal and non-commercial use, provided that LGIU and the author (where available) are cited.


We do try very hard to ensure that the information we provide on our website is as accurate as possible, but we do not commit to keeping it up to date or to removing out-of-date content. The content on the website is not legal advice, and we can accept no liability for any loss or damage that occurs through relying solely on this information and not seeking independent advice.

While we make every attempt to ensure information and content contained on our website and in our newsletters is obtained from reliable sources, the LGIU is not responsible for errors, omissions or incompleteness. LGIU is not responsible for content on external websites linked to from our website or newsletters. All information is provided ‘as is’ with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy, or timeliness and is without warranty of any kind of express or implied fit for purpose. In no event is LGIU or its partners or employees including EMM, liable to you for any potential or expressed damages for any decision made or action taken in reliance of the information on LGIU website, mailers or for newsletters such as LGIU Daily News, And Finally or other newsletters.

We endeavour to ensure that the website is available 24 hours a day but this may not always be possible and we reserve the right to temporarily suspend part or all of the website without notice because of system failure, maintenance or for any other reason.


We often provide links to other websites if we think they will provide you with additional useful information, however we do not endorse or assume responsibility for the content on any third party website.

Posting to our website

Website users may post comments to blog posts on the website. We moderate these comments before they are made live and reserve the right not to publish comments that we believe contravene our community standards. Reasons for not publishing comments include, but are not limited to: abusive and offensive language, defamation, harassment, deliberate spreading of lies and false information.

By posting comments to our website you grant LGIU the right to use that content, including the right to edit, quote from, copy or disclose. LGIU accepts no responsibility for any comments or material within those comments that you post to our website.

Other things


Our failure to insist upon or enforce any provision of these terms of service is not to be interpreted as a waiver of any provision or right of LGIU.

Governing law

These terms of use are governed and enforced in accordance with English law and any complainants will submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts.