Publications

We have an extensive catalogue of publications - research reports, long read articles, toolkits and best practice guidelines - that stem from our work with our member councils and other collaborations. Most publications are free to read and download as PDFs but you do need to be logged in to the website. Please sign in or set up an account if you don't already have one (this is free of charge). A few publications are for members only.

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Explainer: children’s services and young people

This explainer gives you the full rundown on education and children’s services for new councillors or anyone needing a comprehensive overview of local authorities’ roles in this area.

England & Wales

English local government: The landscape after the 2024 local elections

This report takes a look at the English local government landscape after the 2024 local elections. We look region by region with maps depicting council control before and after the elections, as well as exploring the Combined Authority, PCC and London Assembly picture.

England & Wales
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Explainer: Getting to know housing in England

This explainer provides a detailed introduction to local authority housing issues; key topics covered include homelessness, house building and renting. It is written with new councillors in mind but should also be useful to others new to local government or wanting to find out more about housing in England in 2024.

England & Wales, Scotland

The State of the Locals 2024

Each year, LGIU commissions Ipsos to carry out polling on UK attitudes to local elections, the work of councillors and the role of local government in England. This is a summary of the main findings from the 2024 survey.

England & Wales

Collection: Libraries, leisure and parks

This collection showcases LGIU’s resources exploring libraries, leisure and parks. In this collection you will find open content, member briefings and Global Local newsletters exploring best practice in delivering and maintaining community spaces and services, alongside an array of global case studies.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Local Elections 101: your questions, answered

We’re here to demystify the mysterious world of local elections. We’ve answered your key questions about how local elections in England work. What does No Overall Control mean? What is a Police and Crime Commissioner? What is the point of local elections? Read all about this and more.

England & Wales

Ones to Watch 2024

This is our guide to where the action will be in the May elections, covering council, combined authority, London assembly and PCC elections. We pick out the key contests where control might be won or lost and the stakes are high.

England & Wales

The State of Local Government Finance in England 2024

This report is drawn from the LGIU’s 11th annual survey of senior council leaders, chief executives, chief finance officers and cabinet members for finance, and provides a detailed picture of how the sector views the current financial position of local authorities.

A Systematic Analysis of Local Government Finance in Japan

The LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre is exploring how local government is funded in different countries as part of ongoing work to develop new ideas and solutions to tackle long-standing problems. This report takes an in-depth look at the system in Japan.