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Local government audits

In England the process of local government audits - vital for understanding the state of local government finances and ensuring accountability - is in crisis. The LDCR is launching a project to explore the situation and what can be done to fix it.

England & Wales

LGIU@40: Research Symposium

The symposium brought together senior leaders from across local government to exchange knowledge, seek input for the research programme for 2024 and launch the LGIU@40 manifesto to empower local government to face the future.

England & Wales

The role of the monitoring officer

The Local Democracy Research Centre, together with Browne Jacobson and Lawyers in Local Government, are investigating the changing role of the monitoring officer in English local government.

England & Wales

LGIU@40: For the future of local government

LGIU@40 is a programme of work driven by our core belief in the vital role that local democratic institutions have in creating better places for us all. We will develop a practical set of new ideas about how local government could work better and how we can build the firm foundations we need to navigate…


Resources for new councillors

LGIU is here to support everyone in local government, every day. So if you are an officer currently planning for the arrival of new councillors in May, LGIU has a wealth of resources for you to draw on.

England & Wales

The implementation of voter ID

The LDRC is researching the impact of voter ID. A research report - funded by the the JRSST-CT - published in September 2023 explores the views of electoral administrators about the state of this crucial local government run service. We are continuing this research as voter ID is rolled out across more of the UK.

England & Wales


A selection of LGIU's coverage and reporting of recent elections.


Local elections 2023

LGIU's one-stop-shop for the 2023 local elections in England and Northern Ireland includes practical resources like briefings and training plus commentary and analysis.

England & Wales