Our team of local government researchers work with our members, key sector stakeholders and community members to find areas of opportunity, get underneath problems, celebrate local government and highlight interesting practice. As a registered LGiU Member or Follower you can stay updated on workstreams that interest you. Are you interested in working with us?



Councillors’ Attitudes to the Planning System

Ward councillors provide an essential link between communities and the council, particularly with regard to decisions around planning. But their voice does not receive the attention that it needs in national debates about housing and planning policy. In partnership with the National Trust, from August to October 2016 LGiU surveyed all ward councillors across England…

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Unlocking Small Sites for Housing

To build the houses we need in the future we can not rely exclusively on finding large sites and large volume developers to build on them. Instead we must look to smaller sites to help provide the scale of development we need, and a range of small and medium size enterprise (SME) builders with the capacity…

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Commission on Women in Local Government

In 2016/17, LGiU worked in partnership with the Fawcett Society on a year-long Commission on Women in Local Government. The Commission was jointly chaired by Labour’s Dame Margaret Hodge MP and Conservative councillor Cllr Gillian Keegan, Director of Women2Win (now Gillian Keegan MP). Funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, the Commission adopted a strategic approach and…

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LGiU & CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards 2016

LGiU’s annual C’llr Achievement Awards is back again for the seventh year, and it is set to be the biggest year yet. Taking place against the beautiful backdrop of the Guildhall’s Livery Hall, we will again welcome councillors from across the UK to celebrate their achievements and to network with others in similar roles.

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Party Conferences 2016

LGiU will be heading to Labour and Conservative Party Conferences this autumn. This page lists our planned events and collates our commentary.

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Smarter Cities: Digital and Data roundtables with Vodafone

LGiU is working with Vodafone to convene a series of regional roundtables. Councils need to be bold in delivering efficiencies and innovation to services. It is clear that data and technology will play a crucial role in the quest to deliver better services for less. The discussions focus on areas of local/regional interest but are broadly…

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Stories from the brink: the human impact of care provider failure

The LGiU is working with Mears Group to help tell the story of the human impact of provider failure and withdrawal from the home care market and we will be publishing these stories alongside analysis of how the current state of commissioning and funding of home care is putting providers on the edge and creating…

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Party Conferences 2015

LGiU will be heading to the Liberal Democrat, Labour, and Conservative Autumn Conferences. This page lists our planned events and collates our commentary.

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We believe local government can excel at squeezing value out of what it owns – whether that’s the council HQ, a local museum or something out of the ordinary. This summer we want to celebrate local government and the spaces it’s responsible for. You’ve got until 31st August to tweet, email or otherwise send us…

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