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: Piecing together the education system

February 9, 2016

Unwittingly, argues Sarah Phillips, we are drifting away from an effective national education system to fragmented centralism. 2016 could be the year when we take…

Feeling the pressure: Scottish local government funding

February 5, 2016

In the face of a tight spending settlement, Scottish councils are preparing plans for service cuts and council tax rises. The future of local government…

Why should we celebrate our libraries this Saturday?

February 4, 2016

This weekend sees the fifth National Libraries Day, writes Mark Taylor, a country-wide celebration of libraries and why they matter to families and communities, to…


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Weekly Policy Summary – 12 February 2016

February 12, 2016

Jonathan Carr-West brings us some lessons from Rwanda in his MJ column this week. On the LGiU blog Sarah Phillips argues that we are drifting towards “fragmented centralism” in our education system. The latest issue of C’llr magazine is available to read online, featuring public health, public art, and a special…

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