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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Latest

The black hole of politics

June 20, 2018

There is perhaps no local issue that unifies political parties so much as the pothole. (Particularly if you’re sitting in opposition). No one likes them.…

LGiU Fortnightly 15th June: Lessons from Grenfell & Northamptonshire’s future

June 15, 2018

After a turbulent 12 months for local government, we ask what lessons we should learn from the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Jonathan hears from Northamptonshire’s…

Viewpoint: Only change can regain public trust

June 13, 2018

Following the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire the response of the Council - Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea - was roundly condemned. The…

Briefings

Swift Read – Reviewing and reforming local government finance

June 25, 2018

This Swift Read provides an introduction to the current 50 per cent Rates Retention scheme and the government's proposals for extending the scheme which are being implemented alongside wider reforms to local government finance. Intended for new councillors and non specialists, it also includes links to more detailed analysis.

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Publications

Local Elections 2018: Ones to watch

March 29, 2018

This is our guide to where the action is in the local elections. Which councils are too close to call? Whereabouts in the country does political control hang in the balance? Which are the authorities where gaining or losing a seat could make or break a party's fortunes?

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Events