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Current projects

The LGiU’s areas of work span local democracy, sustainability and the environment, health and social care, children’s services and education.

Our policy team work with local councils and other public sector providers, along with a wider network of public, private and third sector organisations to deliver a broad range of projects.

You can register for updates on all current pieces of LGiU work.


Getting Councils Building

The UK is facing a chronic housing shortage. Several recent reports and reviews have outlined different plans to address the problem, but significant problems remain.

This new LGiU project will look at the barriers and challenges faced by councils trying to build more homes to house their residents. It will draw together innovative ideas, partnerships, funding models and delivery packages to support local authorities and help to ease the country’s housing crisis.

Launching in the new year, the research will be based on a series of roundtable summits hosted by councils across the country, followed by an in-depth survey of local government workers.

To find out more, please contact Andrew Walker,, or Lauren Lucas,


Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce

The Rt Hon Paul Burstow, MP is chairing a new commission on the future of the home care workforce. The LGiU is supporting this work in association with Mears Group.

The need for care workers to help people in their own homes is rising, but there are a number of serious challenges to developing a stable, empowered and skilled workforce.  Costs are being squeezed and so are terms and conditions. This commission will take a fresh look at the issues, focusing particularly on zero hours contracts, terms and conditions, a stable and secure workforce and not least high quality care for people in their own homes.  The report Key to Care was published on 2 December 2014.

Local Government Flood Forum

The LGFF is the independent voice of local government on flooding matters that gives local councils a strong voice and a fair deal.  The LGFF works to ensure that members have access to the mostup-to-date information and intelligence from policy makers.  Find out more…


The RainGain project is a joint UK, French, Belgian and Dutch project to improve fine-scale measurement and prediction of rainfall and to enhance urban pluvial flood modelling and prediction.  This will enable urban water managers to adequately cope with intense storms, so that the vulnerability of populations and critical infrastructure can be reduced.  The LGiU’s Local Government Flood Forum, Imperial College London and the UK Met Office are the UK partners. Find out more…

Technology and Transformation in Town Halls

LGiU and Hewlett-Packard will be launching a new report at the All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group Summer Reception. The report, entitled ‘Technology and transformation in town halls’, looks at the opportunities and challenges presented to local authorities by new technology.

We will be exploring the ideas discussed in the research further through a series of roundtables over the course of the coming year.

Construction Summits

The LGiU, in partnership with CITB, is holding a series of Construction Summits. The summits will bring together council representatives, LEP Board members, local construction firms and training providers to look at the role of the construction industry and examine how best to support local skills and training to deliver local economic growth.

The Construction Summits will seek to understand local skills needs, address what suitable solutions might look like and consider how best local government can support the construction sector.

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Previous projects


Local Governance and Flooding

A new LGiU project will explore ways of giving local people a greater say in decisions that can protect their homes and communities from the disastrous effects of flooding. As part of our work with the Local Government Flood Forum we will be looking at different governance arrangements across the country to see how these can be made more effective and inclusive, with a particular emphasis on the potential of technology to improve resilience. We will be interviewing flooding officers from local authorities recently affected by flooding, as well as key local stakeholders, including planners, water companies, drainage boards, businesses, and civil society organisations.

We are keen to find out what is being done across the country, so please get in touch with Andy Johnston:, or Andrew Walker:

Putting cooperative principles into practice – an evaluation of the impact of Lambeth’s Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme

The LGiU, in partnership with Lambeth Council, is carrying out an evaluation of the impact of Lambeth’s Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme (NEP). The NEP is Lambeth’s biggest ever investment in streets and neighbourhoods and the council is asking residents how they can make Lambeth a better place to live.

Public consultation and co-design sits at the heart of the strategy driving the NEP and represents an important way in which Lambeth council is putting the cooperative approach into practice. The project will highlight the benefits, as well as the potential challenges, of placing a community engagement strategy at the heart of the council’s strategy. The case study will highlight best practice and seek to demonstrate how other local authorities might employ a similar engagement programme within their own community.

Children’s Services: Commissioning Task Force

In association with the Children’s Services Development Group (CSDG), LGiU is coordinating a Commissioning Task force that will seek to tackle some of the key challenges to commissioning for fostering, residential care, and special educational needs. A series of interviews with commissioners in innovative councils, and regional workshops in Manchester, York, and London, will build towards a report published later in the year.

The task force takes up where our previous work with CSDG, In It Together: In Practice, left off. That report highlighted the barriers faced by commissioners seeking to improve services. The current project will devise practical approaches to these challenges, working across three broad themes (Strategic Commissioning; Outcomes Frameworks; and Risk Management) and seeking to learn from innovative practices across the country.

To find out more about the project please contact Andrew Walker:


Tenant Engagement in Social and Council Housing

Significant changes to the welfare system, as well as other long-term factors, are putting pressure on the relationship between tenants and landlords. There will need to be a shift towards more collaborative and participative forms of engagement in order to adapt successfully to these changes.

How Can Local Authorities Help to Protect Community Pubs?

The LGiU is carrying out this research, in association with CAMRA, to establish practical tools to help unlock the social and community value of pubs. Recent legislation has extended the rights and powers of authorities and communities to shape their  local area but they need shared understanding, confidence, and drive to make full use of them.

Councils and the Private Rented Sector

Working in partnership with the Electrical Safety Council, the LGiU is undertaking research into local authority relationships with the private rented sector (PRS).  It will explore the regulation of the PRS by local authorities, and consider drivers for change, current and future models of practice, and the benefits of innovation in this area. Find out more…

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