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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Falling short on social care reform? The manifesto pledges

May 26, 2017

We’ve all known for some time that radical changes are needed in the way that social care is funded and commissioned by local authorities and…

GE17 lite #2

May 26, 2017

Less than two weeks to go until polling day - I know, I know calm yourselves. Here is our second roundup of that curious bubble…

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.


Making sense of a ‘sense of place’: a planning perspective

May 25, 2017

Benefits from a strong sense of place range from greater wellbeing through to revitalising a local economy. Planners are crucial to cultivating a sense of place, but there are challenges to putting this into practice. This is the first in a series of briefings about a sense of place.

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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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