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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What is the future of local government services?

January 20, 2017

Local government is facing unprecedented challenges. Our civic discourse seems to be in tumult, finances are dire, but people still rely on local public services…

Public service – stories that matter

January 19, 2017

Dawn Reeves is a facilitator and trainer working largely with public sector clients. For the past few years she has been interested in changing the…

What next for democracy?

January 18, 2017

2016 was a fairly tumultuous year, which has created a lively public debate around the future of democracy. This will be one of LGiU’s core…


Train, HS2, travel, transport

High Speed Rail update Winter 2016-17

January 23, 2017

This briefing reports on key developments since the last briefing in July 2016, including information on a report by the PAC; progress of the Hybrid Bill for Phase One of HS2; the latest plans for Phase Two; and developments on high speed rail for the North of England and Scotland.

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wooden houses, church and trees portraying community

Councillors’ attitudes to the planning system

January 11, 2017

A survey of over 1,200 ward councillors in England, carried out by the Local Government Information Unit, and commissioned by the National Trust, reveals councillors’ view that the planning system works in the interests of developers over councils and local communities.

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