Policy Briefings


Essential Guide to Communications

May 23, 2018

It has never been easier to communicate but it is also increasingly difficult to compete for attention. Councils have to get messages across compellingly in this new world of digital media. Our essential guide provides support for anyone working in local government who may have contact with the media .


IFS Report: Adult social care funding: a local or national responsibility?

May 22, 2018

This report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies explores divergences between assessed needs for social care and other service spending and local tax-raising capacity, and considers options for funding social care in the wider context of the changing system of local government finance.


Academy schools’ finances – Public Accounts Committee

May 17, 2018

The House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts report on the finances of academy schools looks at the transparency and accountability of the system as a whole; and on the financial sustainability of academy trusts. These are not-for-profit charities which collectively received £20 billion in 2015-16 to run nearly 6,000…


Urban Van Traffic

May 16, 2018

The Urban Transport Group’s report examines the impact of rising levels of van traffic on air quality, congestion and the public realm in towns and cities. The report argues that policy-makers, including in local government, should be paying more attention to the implications.



Housing and planning round-up May 2018

May 14, 2018

Our monthly housing and planning round up includes government announcements, latest housing and planning news, major reports and ongoing consultation documents. This month’s ‘big issue’ is homelessness.


Tips for new councillors

May 10, 2018

This briefing is a taster of what we can provide for new councillors as an LGiU member and also what can be useful to think about in your first weeks in your council journey.


UK Youth: State of the Membership 2018

May 10, 2018

UK Youth’s State of the Membership 2018 report finds that the top three challenges for the youth sector are: a lack of sustainable funding; a lack of voice and influence at a national level, and lack of skilled, experienced staff but that some youth organisations have diversified their income. Recommendations…