Democracy, devolution and governance

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



Levelling up – what does it really mean?

What exactly does levelling up mean? And what are the key questions surrounding it? We look here at definitions, how it is being funded, and what commentators say it should include to be effective.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

LGIU Fortnightly: History, Democracy and Place

Ingrid Koehler and Jonathan Carr-West catch up on the latest from the elections, the Local Democracy Research Centre and a fascinating chat with Dr Matthew Potter who discusses the importance of history to place.

England & Wales, Ireland Podcast Blog

Swift Read: What does Holyrood 2021 election result mean for local communities?

Professor James Mitchell outlines what the recent Holyrood election result will mean locally, highlighting the prospect of an independence referendum as likely to dominate politics for the years to come, the surprising lack of debate in the election regarding the economy and the pandemic’s role in paving the way for functional, fiscal and community empowerment…

Scotland Briefing

Hyper-local for Covid recovery in Waltham Forest

Officers at Waltham Forest share their insights from developing new ways of working with the community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

England & Wales, Global Blog Post Blog

Swift Read: Holyrood 2021 – who’s who in Scottish Government?

As the news of the cabinet changes proposed by the First Minister began to emerge, a tweet from a leading figure in the Third Sector wondered who their relevant cabinet secretary might be. I later asked if there were any updates on this, and the response was: ‘All of them’. If Scottish local government were…

Scotland Briefing

Mayoral Combined Authorities – issues and opportunities for the 2020s

With 41 per cent of England’s population under mayoral governance, London and Combined Authority Mayoral elections on 6 May were a significant local, regional and national milestone. This briefing reviews the results and discusses important issues for mayoral leadership and wider local government in the UK.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Online Training: Tackling Disinformation Online and Offline

This course will look at how you can mitigate the impact of disinformation online and offline, including considering the importance of facilitating community development; fixing resident issues; watching over council decision-making and acting in your party group to promote your manifesto.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Event

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 Publication

Super Thursday – the results in maps

Following Super Thursday and approximately 5000 UK elections, Vuelio and LGIU have created an infographic pack of maps showcasing the results. Click on the links here to download printable maps of Devolved Governance, Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioners.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog