What we do

Most of the LGiU’s work is funded by member subscriptions. However, where required we also provide tailored consultancy services based on individual authority needs. As a charity, LGiU is always interested to work with non-member councils as well as its members (members will normally get a discount on any costs).

We use a wide range of tools to understand, engage and work with local councils.

Strategy and planning

Policy and strategy diagnostics. We work with local authorities and their partners to identify strategic challenges and to scenario-plan their response.

Service design. We draw on service design methodology to create products and services that respond to the needs of the people using them, and to support others to practice the service design approach.

Digital strategy. We advise local government on maximising the benefits of their digital strategy, especially in relation to elected members and democratic engagement.

Brokerage. We work with our member councils to support better links in core policy areas, both with other authorities facing similar challenges and with potential partners outside local government.

Research and evaluation

Landscape review. We produce thorough overviews of particular local government policy areas, identifying key issues and hotspots of best practice.

Survey and analysis. We work with our network of over 200 local authorities to research key local policy issues.

Evaluation. We provide formative and summative evaluations of projects, with a particular focus on public engagement work.

Case study development. We work with our members to identify innovation and build case studies that illustrate the most thought-provoking examples of local authority practice.


Policy events. We organise networks and roundtables to explore policy challenges on a range of topics and with many different stakeholders.

Facilitation. We have experience of facilitating a wide range of meetings, roundtables, seminars and conferences to support meaningful engagement and draw out useful learning.

Thought Leadership

Our writing. We produce articles, long-form essays and reports which ask challenging questions and provide innovative solutions to the issues facing 21st century local government.

To find out more about our work, please contact Lauren Lucas at lauren.lucas@lgiu.org.uk