Local Government Association (LGA) writing style guide

The Local Government Association (LGA) style guide provides guidance for everyone creating written content on behalf of the LGA – whether writing copy for webpages, printed publications or social media platforms.


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Introduction

By setting out rules in a corporate style guide we can ensure consistency across our written communications, which in turn helps to engage our different audiences. It is not about being ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ but about having one single way of doing things.

A style guide is a living document which can evolve over time. For example, when considering language related to ethnicity, sexuality or disability, we have chosen the most widely-used and accepted terms and have consulted with the relevant LGA networks, but further feedback is always welcome (email [email protected]).

The LGA has introduced a ‘digital first’ approach to publishing. To reflect this, our house style has removed many of the distinctions between writing for print and writing for the web. Annex A [INTERNAL LINK] covers the specialist area of writing research reports, where the conventions remain different.

This style guide provides a comprehensive resource for those creating copy for the LGA. There is also a shorter ‘top tips’ guide which briefly covers some of the key style points [INTERNAL LINK].

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Annex A

Annex A: Structure and style guide for writing research reports [INTERNAL LINK]

Accessibility

Guidance for working accessibly with the LGA

PDF version of the LGA style guide

If you would like a pdf version of this style guide, go to "Print this page" and choose "save as pdf" as your destination.