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Essential guide to Local Election Communications 2023

This guide is focussed on some easy steps to make election communications better so that local people know where to vote, who they can vote for and how much their vote mattered in the final outcome.

England & Wales Publication

Voter ID and the question of trust

In this think piece, Dr. Greg Stride from LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre asks whether the implementation of voter ID in UK elections will resolve the increasing worry surrounding lost trust in elections and democracy as a whole.

England & Wales, Global Blog-article

The changing job of running elections

With less than two months until 4th May polls, electoral administrators at over 200 local authorities across England are heads down, preparing for the election timetable to start counting down, writes Peter Stanyon, Chief Executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators.

England & Wales Blog-article

Election fever

There has been so much going on in British politics recently it is easy to forget we are already in the countdown for May’s local elections, writes our Chief Executive, Jonathan Carr-West.

England & Wales Blog-article

Elections issues for English local authorities 2023

This election briefing covers some essential issues for local authorities during the pre-election period. This includes the publicity code, tackling discriminatory election campaigns, using data during campaigning and the position of elected members who are also campaigning for re-election.

England & Wales Briefing

Quarterly roundup March 2023

Our quarterly round-up edition of Global Local allows you to revisit your favourite topics – and gives our new readers a chance to catch up. Keep reading for a refresh on our top content from the past few months.


UK Resilience Framework – a ‘whole of society’ approach to emergency planning

Emergency planning is nothing new, but the scale of the threats the nation faces is unparalleled. Many threats are global, but emergencies are experienced locally, so local authorities are at the heart of resilience. The UK government’s new resilience framework sets out the direction for a ‘whole of society’ approach, this briefing explores the plan.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Running elections: the state of electoral integrity before the 2023 local elections

In this article, Dr. Greg Stride of LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre disseminates the findings of his recent PhD into the health of England’s electoral system. He conducted in-depth interviews with electoral staff at the heart of it all and collated their experiences and views on the current situation and the changes ahead, including the…

England & Wales Blog-article