Our ideas

What do we want our communities to look like? How will public services meet people’s needs now and in the future? Our eyes are on the horizon but our ideas and our work are firmly rooted in our communities, councils, workplaces, schools and homes.

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Our members

We are a membership organisation, providing information, research and other services to over 150 councils, trade unions, universities and other organisations. Here you can access our services or find out more about membership.

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Our work

From housing to social care; from education to local economic growth; from supporting councillors and promoting local democracy to delivering inhouse training – the scope of the LGiU’s work is as broad as the remit of a local authority.

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Latest

GE17 Looking for new ideas on localism? Don’t look in party manifestos then

May 22, 2017

Janet Sillett laments the lack of vision for local government in any of the manifestos published last week.

GE17 lite #1

May 18, 2017

Not long now! Over the next three weeks we are going to do the occasional roundup on the blog of what’s going on in election…

Viewpoint: Run together

May 16, 2017

Carol Grant finds lessons in the Parkrun story about the value of investing time and effort into collaborative relationships and the success that can be…

Briefings

New Zealand local government and common themes with local government globally

May 23, 2017

This briefing is one of a series covering global local government. It provides an overview of local government in New Zealand, focusing on the funding of New Zealand local government and on the challenges it faces, some of which are common to sub national government globally, including in the UK.

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Reports

Does local government work for women?

April 26, 2017

This interim report from the Commission on Women in Local Government outlines key findings from data analysis of women’s representation in councils across England and Wales, carried out by the Centre for Women and Democracy. It also presents the findings of an LGiU survey of 2,304 councillors, carried out between…

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Events