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LGiU membership

What is LGiU?

‘LGiU is crucial in helping councils get to grips with emerging policy’  Local Government Minister 

‘the leading think tank helping local government meet current challenges’ Chair, Local Government APPG

‘a respected, even-handed think tank and source of policy analysis which crosses policy divides with ease’  Local Government Chronicle

The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) is an award winning think-tank and membership organisation with a mission to strengthen local democracy.

LGiU is run by councils for councils. LGiU is constituted as an independent non-party charity with about 200 councils subscribing to it networks, including 30 new councils in the past year.

Almost 15,000 councillors and staff – including Leaders, Chief Executives, Policy Teams, Heads of Member Services – use LGIU briefings every week and read the new LGiU Daily News. LGiU also works with associate organisations and social enterprises with links to the sector.

Why join LGiU?

‘LGiU briefings provide timely insight…helping focus resources on priority areas’ Head of Policy, Birmingham City Council

Organisations that join LGiU are committed to Information, Intelligence, and Influence.

Key ongoing services LGiU membership provides include:

  • LGiU’s acclaimed policy briefings
  • The new Daily News, every day except Christmas
  • Learning and Development programmes for councillors and officers
  • C’llr magazine – the magazine dedicated to elected members
  • C’llr Achievement Awards – the only national awards recognising the achievement of locally elected councillors
  • Party conference events and receptions

LGiU members can contribute to forward planning and strategy, including policy and public affairs priorities, and participate in specific learning networks, roundtable consultations, and policy projects.

Read our user survey here.


Who is LGiU for?

LGiU exists to strengthen local democracy, and to help people have power and control over their own lives and communities.

LGiU’s members are primarily local authorities, including counties, cities, metropolitan boroughs, districts. LGiU also welcomes associate and social enterprise memberships, and collaborations with other partners who share LGiU interests.

LGiU works directly with

  • Ministers and government officials
  • Council Leaders and Chief Executives
  • Councillors in leadership roles
  • Backbench councillors
  • Newly elected councillors
  • Strategy departments
  • policy and member services teams – and departmental policy specialists.

Outside of Government, we also work with universities, think-tanks, social enterprises and other public and private sector partners.

What do members get?

LGiU members receive a range of vital services which help their organisation stay abreast of and interact with emerging policy in central and local government.

  • LGiU policy briefings – LGiU publish over 200 essential policy briefings a year. We email emails briefings, in full, direct to your inbox, with a PDF attachment. Briefings are written by local government experts and cover all major legislation, consultations and policy developments.
  • The LGiU Daily News - produced for LGiU by Early Morning Media, summarising what the media are saying about local government on a daily basis.
  • LGiU briefings bank – online archive of 1500 past policy briefings, including Children’s Services Network
  • C’llr magazine– The only magazine published specifically for elected members.
  • C’llr Achievement Awards – opportunities to contribute and nominate as a member
  • Discounts of up to 50% on all LGiU events– LGiU offers a variety of consultancy, training, Learning and Development, seminars and conference events.
  • Policy Helpline – email/phone access for direct policy team advice
  • Policy Report publications – mailed to Leader, CEO, Head of Policy
  • LGiU’s influential local democracy blog
  • LGIU Party Conference programmes – invitations to events and receptions
  • Participation in LGiU Learning Networks – developing and sharing new policy with ministers and sector peers

How do we join LGiU?

LGiU Members share in LGiU governance, and can contribute to forward planning and strategy.

Membership packages are divided up into Standard, Standard Plus, Premium, District (for local authorities), and Associate and Social Enterprise (for other organisations). Rates for councils depend on tier, population size, membership package. Subscription rates and benefit packages are currently under review, in preparation for a new offer from 2014.

TRY LGIU FOR FREE: LGiU offers a limited number of free 3 month trials which give access to key services for all at the trialling organisation.

These include:

  • LGiU policy briefings
  • LGiU briefings bank
  • LGiU Daily News
  • Discounts on LGiU events
  • C’llr magazine

For more information on LGiU membership, please contact Chris Naylor, Partnerships Lead on or call 020 7554 2800.

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