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General Election hub

Our dedicated General Election hub sets out the key commitments in the Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat national manifestos relevant to local government.

Labour Party manifesto

We outline the key policy points relevant to local government from the Labour Party's manifesto.

Green Party manifesto

We outline the key policy points relevant to local government from the Green Party's manifesto.


We deliver a programme for sector-led support in adult services, supporting councils to deliver good services to people.

New conversations 2: LGA Guide to Engagement

These are potentially daunting times for local government. Expectations are rising and budgets getting smaller. Services are better, but trust in many institutions is falling. In this context, a serious effort to involve and understand residents is more important than ever.

Surpassing expectations

Engagement is now central to how councils operate. Gone are the days of press release blasts and tick-box consultations.

Commissioning resources

Commissioning effectively starts with a deep understanding of citizens and communities, ensuring services are designed and delivered according to their needs, aspirations and experiences.

Engagement in action

When compiling the first New Conversations guide, we ran pilots in Hackney, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Staffordshire and Harlow to test new techniques.

Glossary and further reading

Reading materials apply throughout New Conversations 2.0, providing definitions and explanations that support the guide.