Democracy, devolution and governance

Making sure that citizens have a voice through strong and vibrant local institutions.


Oireachtas report: April 2021

This briefing provides a summary of Oireachtas activity in April, covering social housing, new personal injuries guidelines and private security services.

Ireland Briefing

Scottish Parliament next steps to next term, 2021-26

The new term has begun, with newly elected and returning MSPs inducted into Holyrood this week to be formally approved. But what is happening behind the scenes? Kim Fellows fills us in, reflecting on the priorities and challenges for this term.

Scotland Blog Post Blog

Queen’s Speech 2021 – key points for local government

Today, in the first major event since the death of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty the Queen opened a new Parliamentary session with her speech outlining the Government’s legislative agenda. Key focuses for local government were on voter ID, Covid-19 recovery and delivering a programme for levelling-up.

England & Wales Briefing

LGIU guide for new councillors

Becoming a councillor is an exciting time but can also be daunting. This short guide provides information and advice for our new councillor members to help navigate through the initial period in this critical role.

England & Wales Briefing

Local elections 2021: Look behind the big story

After last week’s elections, the results paint a complex picture for local government. In his latest column for The Municipal Journal, Jonathan Carr-West argues that they tell us more about the influence of local issues – not just national politics – and that dividing the country into convenient blocs can often obscure what’s really happening.

England & Wales Blog

New councillor? Be prepared for culture shock

James Cousins was a four term councillor in London. First elected in 1998 he shares his top tips with new councillors: learn all you can, do good and say yes.

England & Wales, Global Blog Post Blog

Local Elections 2021 – the results

With the 2020 council elections having been postponed by 12 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 was a bumper year for local elections. Communities across the country turned out to vote for their councillors on Thursday, representatives who will ultimately shape local recovery. This briefing sets out the results of the polls and comments…

England & Wales Briefing

New councillor? LGIU is here for you

Whether you’re a brand new councillor or an old hand, LGIU is here to support you to deliver for your local residents. LGIU Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West explains how new councillors can start benefitting from LGIU now.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog