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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Viewpoint: Are older people paying the price for social care cuts?

September 19, 2016

The problems of the NHS do not exist in a vacuum. Older people are getting caught between the cogs of a complex and under-resourced system…

Viewpoint: Parks are at a tipping point

September 15, 2016

Mark Camley, chair of The Parks Alliance, discusses the crisis facing our parks and the challenges faced by the local authorities in managing our green…

Viewpoint: Still too poor to pay – three years of localised council tax support in London

September 6, 2016

A new report from the Child Poverty Action Group presents the evidence they've collected on the impact that the abolition of council tax benefit has…


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Neighbourhood Planning Update: Autumn 2016

September 29, 2016

The government is giving more weight to neighbourhood plans and refining the role of local planning authorities through what it calls ‘streamlining’ reforms. New regulations come into force on 1 October. Ministers have launched a consultation on further changes set out in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill published on 7 September.

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Future Local Part 7: Global participation

September 2, 2016

In the final part of our Future Local series, Jane Sankarayya looks to a global future for smaller towns and cities - acting in concert with other cities around the world and apart from their home nations.

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