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 150 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: Exploring the third sector relationship with councils

October 9, 2017

The impact of budget cuts and austerity is hitting councils hard, however the ripple effects are shocking the third sector, writes Noreen Khan.

Reigniting localism: three essays on the future of local government

October 6, 2017

Councils are in policy limbo. With Whitehall and Westminster fully absorbed by the unfolding drama of Brexit, and local government policy narrowed to dealing with…

Viewpoint: The course of local government finance never did run smooth…

October 6, 2017

Neil Amin-Smith, Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, discusses his work studying the changing state of local government finance and runs through the key…


Regeneration: sense of place, participation and identity

October 17, 2017

This briefing is one of our series of briefings on a sense of place. It considers what sense of place and identity mean in relation to regeneration and how retaining and building on sense of place can ensure the sustainability of projects. 

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Beyond Devolution – the final report of the Local Democracy Network

October 11, 2017

At this key moment in the trajectory of the UK it is crucial to ask what the future has in store for local democracy. This is precisely what we do in Beyond Devolution, the final report of the Local Democracy Network, which LGiU convened throughout 2017 and comprised council leaders,…

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