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LGiU & CCLA Cllr Achievement Awards 2019

June 12, 2019

LGiU and CCLA’s Cllr Achievement Awards are the only awards celebrating the important work of councillors and the highlight of the year for elected members across England! Nominations are now open! Deadline Friday 6th September About the Awards The awards will take place on Tuesday, 5th November at the Royal…

Exploring life chances for children: serial podcast

June 6, 2019

This autumn we’ll be bringing you a multi-part, serial podcast on growing up in the UK today. What determines a child’s life chances?  What are we doing as a society to make those chances better? Children’s services and education are the top immediate financial pressure for councils and most councils…

Local Elections 2019 #LE2019

March 21, 2019

Each year the LGiU celebrates and supports councils undertaking local elections. We have been providing overnight coverage for nearly a decade and once again we’ll be bringing you the story of local government elections. This year we will once again provide: guidance for elections communications our  Ones to Watch guide…

A sense of place

September 1, 2017

Promoting a positive sense of place is critical for very many aspects of local government, and is really what what local government, as compared to central government, is all about. Understanding how and what people feel about where they live enables councils to discuss with them priorities and to negotiate disputes…

CoCare: tech for outcomes based commissioning

November 12, 2015

The LGiU is working Kingston Council and with technology and design partners Tackle and Cubicus to develop CoCare an app and information system which supports outcomes based commissioning in home care. What’s the problem? Home care is in crisis. There is a perfect storm of reducing budgets, rising costs and demand,…

Past projects

Local Elections 2018

March 21, 2018

On 3 May, people across the land voted for the councillors who make decisions about the things that really matter to us in our daily lives. Once again, we brought you exciting overnight coverage via our live blog with up to the minute council control results on our live map…

LGiU & CCLA’s C’llr Achievement Awards 2017

November 7, 2017

The eighth annual LGiU C’llr Achievement Awards Ceremony is taking place on Tuesday 7th November against the beautiful backdrop of the Guildhall’s Livery Hall in London.

Autumn programme 2017

September 14, 2017

Want to know what the LGiU is doing this Autumn? Click on the links below (in bold) to find out more about our upcoming publications, projects and training.

Tackling Hate Crime

August 29, 2017

In partnership with Cloisters Chambers, the LGiU ran a lunchtime roundtable to discuss the legal responsibilities of council employees and elected members in relation to tackling hate crime and the practical application of these duties.

Policy Café

June 8, 2017

This year, LGiU is running a series of short, useful events exclusively for LGiU member councils. Our Policy Cafés are spaces for our members to get together and talk about the issues that matter to them. We’ve already been investigating the future of local government finance, public services and democracy. Now…

General Election 2017

May 18, 2017

Over weeks of the General Election we will be offering a series of policy briefings on the manifestos and other election issues, a number of blogs and other resources to support our members. Check back here for updates or look out for our regular tweets and emails. Policy and manifesto…

Out for the Count

April 10, 2017

Many thanks to everyone that joined the Out for the Count campaign to help us tell the story of the 2017 local elections!

Community Collaboration

March 23, 2017

LGiU is working in partnership with Local Trust to explore how councillors can actively support communities to lead their own projects by facilitating conversations, using their network and influence, and advocating within their local authority.

Network on the Future of Local Democracy

January 12, 2017

The final report of the Local Democracy Commission will be published in the next few weeks, with some radical recommendations that call on government to make significant changes. How can local government make the most of the current situation and build a collective case for meaningful change in how England…

Councillors’ Attitudes to the Planning System

January 11, 2017

Ward councillors provide an essential link between communities and the council, particularly with regard to decisions around planning. But their voice does not receive the attention that it needs in national debates about housing and planning policy. In partnership with the National Trust, from August to October 2016 LGiU surveyed…

Unlocking Small Sites for Housing

October 31, 2016

To build the houses we need in the future we can not rely exclusively on finding large sites and large volume developers to build on them. Instead we must look to smaller sites to help provide the scale of development we need, and a range of small and medium size enterprise…

Commission on Women in Local Government

October 2, 2016

In 2016/17, LGiU worked in partnership with the Fawcett Society on a year-long Commission on Women in Local Government. The Commission was jointly chaired by Labour’s Dame Margaret Hodge MP and Conservative councillor Cllr Gillian Keegan, Director of Women2Win (now Gillian Keegan MP). Funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, the Commission…

LGiU & CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards 2016

September 18, 2016

LGiU’s annual C’llr Achievement Awards is back again for the seventh year, and it is set to be the biggest year yet. Taking place against the beautiful backdrop of the Guildhall’s Livery Hall, we will again welcome councillors from across the UK to celebrate their achievements and to network with…

Party Conferences 2016

September 5, 2016

LGiU will be heading to Labour and Conservative Party Conferences this autumn. This page lists our planned events and collates our commentary.

Smarter Cities: Digital and Data roundtables with Vodafone

August 24, 2016

LGiU is working with Vodafone to convene a series of regional roundtables. Councils need to be bold in delivering efficiencies and innovation to services. It is clear that data and technology will play a crucial role in the quest to deliver better services for less. The discussions focus on areas of…

Stories from the brink: the human impact of care provider failure

July 7, 2016

The LGiU is working with Mears Group to help tell the story of the human impact of provider failure and withdrawal from the home care market and we will be publishing these stories alongside analysis of how the current state of commissioning and funding of home care is putting providers…

Party Conferences 2015

August 10, 2015

LGiU will be heading to the Liberal Democrat, Labour, and Conservative Autumn Conferences. This page lists our planned events and collates our commentary.


July 31, 2015

We believe local government can excel at squeezing value out of what it owns – whether that’s the council HQ, a local museum or something out of the ordinary. This summer we want to celebrate local government and the spaces it’s responsible for. You’ve got until 31st August to tweet,…


June 16, 2015

This page is an evolving resource collating useful material on devolution from the LGiU and beyond.

Technology and transformation

May 26, 2015

With huge cuts to budgets still looming on the horizon for local authorities, the need for efficiency and innovation has never been greater. Technology can play a transformative role in this story. The LGiU is working with HP to explore how new technologies can shape the future of health and…

Local Elections 2015

March 31, 2015

As well as this year's General Election, many authorities will also have local elections taking place. As usual we'll be running our 'count correspondence', with a live on-the-ground feed from around the country.

21st Century Resilience

March 31, 2015

The latest LGiU policy paper on 21st Century Resilience, Resilience in practice,  looks at what councils can do to build resilient places, drawing together institutions, communities and citizens. Some areas cope better with acute crises and natural disasters, as well as long-term stresses and strains. We often refer to these areas…

Social care provider failure guidance

March 18, 2015

If care providers fail, councils are responsible for ensuring that there is continuity of care. We're working with ADASS and the Department of Health, alongside practitioners, providers and service user representatives to design guidance and a toolkit to help councils develop contingency plans.

General Election 2015

March 4, 2015

Wondering what support we'll be offering members during the run-up to the 2015 General Election? Find out here.

Getting councils building

February 2, 2015

Councils across the country are taking active, innovative approaches to help address the UK's housing shortage. But there is more to be done and significant challenges in many areas.

The use of evidence in local government

January 29, 2015

We are taking a look at how evidence is used in local government. How are interventions chosen, assessed and adapted? How should evidence be used in policy formation? Can the demand for evidence be used as a barrier to change and innovation?

Councils and community sport

January 7, 2015

We believe that community sport offers an excellent vehicle for councils to achieve key aims, like improved public health but also as a way to build better networks, achieve stronger more resilient communities and develop an array of opportunities that support children, women, older people, disabled people and BME communities…

C’llr Achievement Awards

October 27, 2014

Now in its 6th year, the LGiU's annual C'llr Achievement Awards celebrates the importance of councillors to local communities and to the health of our local democracy.

Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce

July 17, 2014

In a society facing demographic shift, we are at a crucial point in planning to care for increasing numbers of older and disabled people in their own homes. We need a workforce that is capable and empowered.

Technology and Transformation in Town Halls

July 17, 2014

LGiU worked in partnership with Hewlett-Packard on this project, looking at the opportunities and challenges presented to local authorities by new technology. The final report culminating from the research argues that we need to stop thinking about technology as a solution in itself. Rather, we need to think about how we can use…

Local governance and flooding

July 9, 2014

Flooding is often unpredictable and always difficult to manage. Yet it is far more challenging when the systems we have in place to deal with flooding are fragmented, with the only coordination coming from centralised bodies of experts. Local knowledge is ignored too often and local people are rarely engaged…

Children’s services – Commissioning Taskforce

June 9, 2014

In association with the Children’s Services Development Group (CSDG), LGiU coordinated a Commissioning Task force to tackle some of the key challenges to commissioning for fostering, residential care, and special educational needs. A series of interviews with commissioners in innovative councils, and regional workshops in Manchester, York, and London contributed…

LGiU and CITB: National series of Construction Summits

February 1, 2014

LGiU and CITB, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction sector, hosted a national series of construction summits in ten different LEP (Local Enterprise Partnerships) regions across the country throughout 2014. The summits brought together council representatives, local construction firms and training providers to look at the role of…

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How can Local Authorities Help to Protect Community Pubs?

September 6, 2013

Pubs are a valuable and irreplaceable part of the social fabric and bring an immense amount of social value to communities.  But in the face of an uncertain future this LGiU project, in association with CAMRA, was set up to develop practical tools that could help unlock the social and community value…

Tenant engagement in social and council housing

August 3, 2013

In partnership with Mears this LGiU project investigated how social landlords engage with their tenants. Recent changes to the welfare system are having a massive impact on the relationship between residents, local authorities, and housing associations. In addition to this there are significant long-term problems, including a rapidly ageing population and climate…

Councils and the private rented sector

May 9, 2013

The number of people living in the private rented sector is rising. The 2011 census, published by the Office for National Statistics, shows the number of private renters in England and Wales has jumped from 1.9 million in 2001 to 3.6 million in 2011 – an increase of 88 per…

The future direction of the Local Government Ombudsman

March 19, 2013

The LGiU undertook a consultation of local government on behalf of the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO). The LGO covers a wide range of services including: housing, planning, social care, housing benefit, transport and highways, environment and waste and council tax. In 2011/12, they received over 20,000 complaints and enquiries. The Ombudsman was…


November 1, 2012

The RainGain project is a joint UK, French, Belgian and Dutch project to improve fine-scale measurement and prediction of rainfall and to enhance urban pluvial flood modelling and prediction.

Local Government Flood Forum

November 1, 2012

The Local Government Flood Forum is the independent voice of local government on flooding matters that gives local councils a strong voice and a fair deal.

Outcome-based commissioning in domiciliary care

August 3, 2012

Many councils are grappling with how to ensure their services promote better outcomes for their local communities, and nowhere is this more true than adult social care. Although outcomes are generally acknowledged to be the future of commissioning (recent LGiU research showed that over 90% of councils regard outcome-based commissioning…

Public notices: the case for radical reform

July 31, 2012

Can we improve the way we distribute public notices? Take part in the survey for this project: LGiUsurveys/publicnotices It has been estimated to cost local authorities £67.85m every year to have statutory notices published in local newspapers. This seems a large spend under today’s current local media landscape in which…