Topic: Democracy, devolution and governance

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England policy round-up: February and March 2024

The England policy round-up overviews key policy announcements and publications for local government. February and March saw some mixed economic news, and the chancellor’s spring budget. This edition features publications on elections and defending democracy, ideas for economic renewal, and the financial constraints and trade-offs facing the next government.

England & Wales Briefing

Local Elections 101: your questions, answered

We’re here to demystify the mysterious world of local elections. We’ve answered your key questions about how local elections in England work. What does No Overall Control mean? What is a Police and Crime Commissioner? What is the point of local elections? Read all about this and more.

England & Wales Publication

What is a Combined Authority?

Local government structure in England is a bit like an onion, with many layers, one of which is the combined authority. Want to know what a combined authority does and how many there are? Find out the answers.

England & Wales Blog-article

What is the London Assembly?

Operating since 2000, but what does the London Assembly do? And what authority does it hold? Find out here as part of LGIU’s resources and support for local elections.

England & Wales Blog-article

What is a Police and Crime Commissioner?

Are you wondering what a Police and Crime Commissioner does or where the PCC elections are being held this year? We’ve got the answers for you here as part of LGIU’s local election resources and support.

England & Wales Blog-article

What happens at an election count?

Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at an election count? In four simple steps, this blog summarises exactly how elections are held and the fundamental practice behind each election count which guarantees our democratic system’s integrity.

England & Wales Blog-article

What is the point of local elections?

‘Why do local elections matter?’ is a question that comes up too often. Despite being an integral part of democracy, it’s not always clear exactly what your vote in a local election helps determine for you and your community. At LGIU, we’re here to add clarity as part of our local election support and coverage.

England & Wales Blog-article

What is turnout? Why is it so low in local elections?

Local election turnout in the UK is lower than national elections, but what is it, and why is it low? Especially when local councils and councillors hold significant authority over critical services and amenities that communities rely on every day. LGIU provides a one-stop-shop for local elections coverage, analysis and support.

England & Wales Blog-article

Ones to Watch 2024

This is our guide to where the action will be in the May elections, covering council, combined authority, London assembly and PCC elections. We pick out the key contests where control might be won or lost and the stakes are high.

England & Wales Publication