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 200 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: Six weeks to save local economic growth…

August 16, 2018

OK – now I’ve got your attention, I admit the headline is slightly OTT. But, I promise readers, this is less far-fetched and more grounded…

LGiU Fortnightly 10th August: Not-so-silly season for local government

August 10, 2018

As Parliament grinds to a halt, we reflect on the situation in local government left by the vacuum of policy strategy on social care and…

LocalGov Reads

August 10, 2018

It’s August and the traditional time of things slowing down a little bit in local government.  Many councillors and officers take a bit of time…


Alternative provision and exclusions: Commons Education Committee

August 16, 2018

The Commons Education Committee report 'Forgotten children' finds that alternative provision (AP) is seen as a forgotten part of the education system, side-lined and stigmatised as somewhere only the very worst behaved pupils go. However, this is not the case, but the quality of provision is far too variable. And…

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Local Finance Taskforce – Finance Scorecard

July 23, 2018

Business Rate Retention and the Fairer Funding Review are important steps towards reforming local government finance; but we believe that to achieve a sustainable system we need a much broader and more radical conversation post 2020. This scorecard is intended to kick start that conversation. In it we outline the…

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