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Ones to watch 2019: local elections

4 Apr 2019 in Reports

On 2 May, voters will go to the polls to choose over 8,300 councillors in 248 English local authorities. On the same day voters will also elect councillors to the eleven local authorities in Northern Ireland. While it is inevitable that for many these elections will be view through the prism of the current crisis […]




Local Elections 2018: Ones to watch

29 Mar 2018 in Reports

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?


2018 Guide to Local Elections Communications

23 Mar 2018 in Reports

Engaging citizens in local elections is important to increase participation and to raise awareness. Communicating about elections before, during and after polling day is one way to drive greater engagement. This guide is based on LGiU experience of covering elections and working with local authorities. It covers digital communications and using open data to create […]



Reviving localism: three challenges

13 Dec 2017 in Reports

In January 2017, the LGiU committed to exploring three core policy questions over the course of the year: Finance: How should local government be funded? Democracy: How can we strengthen local democracy? Services: How do we design public services that are fit for the future? This series of essays draws on the last year of […]


Beyond Devolution – the final report of the Local Democracy Network

12 Oct 2017 in Reports

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, chief executives, academics and experts from across the public sector.


Local government: In the money?

29 Sep 2017 in Reports

In the second of three essays LGiU is publishing on the future of local government, Jennifer Glover discusses the unprecedented financial uncertainty facing councils through the testimonials of senior local government decision-makers.


Community collaboration: a councillor’s guide

28 Jul 2017 in Reports

Engaging people in the decisions that affect their lives is an essential feature of local democracy. This goes far beyond town hall meetings and opinion surveys: we must recognise that communities often hold the answers to their own problems and allow them an equal voice at the table. For the purposes of this report, we call this concept ‘Community Collaboration’.