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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The basic laws of political physics

June 13, 2019

One of the features of contemporary politics is the speed with which things move, writes Jonathan Carr West. And amidst all the drama and uncertainty…

LGiU Fortnightly 7th June – Tax and the city

June 7, 2019

Edinburgh Council’s Leader, Cllr Adam Mcvey, is marching the issue of tourism tax all the way to Holyrood. We speak to him about what he’s…

Viewpoint: Time to celebrate the volunteers in our communities

May 31, 2019

2019 marks 35 years since the first Volunteers’ Week. Councillors and officers can get involved.


Perspectives on local government funding

June 18, 2019

This briefing looks at the funding challeges facing local authorities, focussing on recent reports from the County Councils Network and the Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Personal safety for councillors

May 17, 2019

Our personal safety is something many of us take for granted, this short, members-only guide offers some guidance on assessing risk and adopting strategies and behaviours that will minimise any potential hazards you might identify as part of your councillor role. 

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