Topic: Economy and regeneration

How can local government support thriving and prosperous communities?


Members & Global Local

Global Local Think Tank Review – December 2023/January 2024

Our global think tank review highlights key findings from the world’s leading think tanks and research institutes. This edition includes publications on safeguarding elections, combatting misinformation/disinformation, disaster preparedness, and challenges surrounding net zero and decarbonising buildings. Featured reports also look at inclusive economies, rural disadvantage and opportunities for SMEs.

Global Briefing

Autumn Statement 2023 – local growth and devolution update

Last year, LGIU reported on the Autumn Statement announcements on the day, and produced a subsequent briefing in December further outlining the macroeconomic and fiscal changes. This new briefing goes into detail on the devolution and local growth dimensions of the statement and a number of its accompanying documents.

England & Wales Briefing

A neighbourhood strategy for national renewal – report of the APPG for ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods

There is a growing gap between left behind neighbourhoods and more affluent communities in England, and yet the government’s levelling up policy does not fully recognise the neighbourhood dimension of the challenge. This briefing explores calls for a neighbourhood approach that devolves more power and control to local residents.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Scottish Government Budget 2024-25 – highlights for local government

Against a backdrop where public finances face the greatest challenges since devolution, we break down the highlights and implications for local government. Today’s budget may indicate troubled waters ahead for the 2024/25 Local Government Finance Order and Budget setting process.

Scotland Briefing

Towns vitality roadmap – Social Market Foundation report

The UK’s towns are home to half of the population and over a third of jobs. Towns have significant untapped potential to generate growth and opportunities. A new report sets out a roadmap for revitalising towns, recognising that different types of towns face different challenges and need tailored solutions.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Participatory Budgeting – what next?

This briefing explores what happened to participatory budgeting around the world during the pandemic and discover where, how and why it survived. It also examines how participatory budgeting has changed since the pandemic and what the future holds.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Second National Infrastructure Assessment and associated challenges

This briefing provides an overview of the National Infrastructure Commission’s Second National Infrastructure Assessment and locates it in the wider infrastructure planning and management landscape. It considers local and regional implications, and particularly potential LA and CA agendas for discussion with the next national government.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Key takeaways from the LGIU@40 research symposium

The LGIU research symposium allowed us to reflect on our findings with experts, to map out the future of our research agenda and local government. In this article, we have taken the event’s rich ideas and narrowed them down to three core areas: Where are we now? Where should we be going? How do we…

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog-article

England policy round-up: October and November 2023

Our England policy round-up overviews the key policy announcements and publications for local government. October and November saw the King’s speech, a reshuffle and the Autumn Statement. The latest edition features publications on levelling up towns and cities, reform of public finances, a new approach to social security and much more.

England & Wales Briefing