Our publications

We publish a range of reports and information leaflets for our councillors to keep them up to date with our activities.


Below you can find our latest Lib Dem Group publications.


 

Delivering for our countryside - Liberal Democrats

Delivering for our countryside

Rural and coastal communities are individual and have characters of their own. How do the Liberal Democrats work with that and make it work?

 


 

33 years of Liberal Democracy in Sutton

33 years of Liberal Democracy in Sutton

Sutton Council’s system of Local Area Committees plays a very important role, transferring local decision-making back to the areas that we as councillors represent.

 


 

Lib Dems in Education

Liberal Democrats in Education

The Liberal Democrat Education Association (LDEA) is a band of volunteers, though many of us either are, or have been, professionally involved in education.

 


The LGA and ALDC at the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference 14-17 September 2019 Bournemouth COVER

The LGA and ALDC at the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference

This year's conference takes place from 14-17 September 2019 in Bournemouth.


Lib Dem Annual report Final July 2019 web-1

Lib Dem Annual Report 2019

Welcome to your 2019 Annual Report. This is your organisation - please take a few minutes to read what we are doing on your behalf. It’s important all Liberal Democrat councillors know about the work of the LGA Liberal Democrat Group over the past year and that you see what your lead members have been doing on your behalf.


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LGA Liberal Democrat Group Next Generation 2019/2020

The LGA Liberal Democrat Group Next Generation has been developed within the traditions and values of the Liberal Democrat party, drawing on experts to create an unparalleled political development opportunity for participants. Next Generation is a programme for talented and ambitious councillors who have demonstrated potential and want to build on their skills to progress in a political career.


Think Global Act Local COVER

Think Global, Act Local – Liberal Democrat Local Action for our Environment

Take a look at some case studies from Liberal Democrat councils and Liberal Democrat Groups on what they are doing to take action on environmental issues ranging from tackling climate change, reducing plastic waste and improving our local environment.

 


Going for Gold – the South Cambridgeshire Story COVER

Going for Gold – the South Cambridgeshire Story

Hear how the Liberal Democrats turned round their fortunes in South Cambridgeshire and through perseverance, hard work and staying focussed swept to an amazing victory in May 2018.

 


LGA and ALDC at  the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference  COVER

LGA and ALDC at the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference

Local government speakers will feature in a number of debates, seminars, training sessions and roundtables hosted by a variety of partner organisations.

 


Power for People and Communities: Policy Paper 130 COVER

Power for People and Communities: Policy Paper 130

The Liberal Democrats have updated their policy on local government. It aims to strengthen and empower local communities to promote devolution, openness, inclusivity, and the financial empowerment of democratically elected authorities.

 


Getting the balance right: a Liberal Democrat approach to planning COVER

Getting the balance right: a Liberal Democrat approach to planning

How do we balance competing needs when it comes to planning new homes and developments? The Liberal Democrat Group have published a booklet on planning policy, with good practice examples and challenges for you to consider.

 


Stand for what you believe in: be a Liberal Democrat District Councillor COVER

Stand for what you believe in: be a Liberal Democrat District Councillor

This guide contains information about how councils work, the role of a councillor and most importantly, what being a Lib Dem councillor looks like. Inside the guide, four Lib Dem councillors from different district councils share why they are Lib Dem councillors and why it is important to them to represent their communities.

 


Lib Dem Group Annual report Final July 2018 COVER

LGA Liberal Democrat Group Annual Report 2018

The last 12 months have just flown by and we have been working hard both within the LGA and the Liberal Democrats to ensure our voice is heard.

 

 


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Stand for what you believe in: Be a Liberal Democrat councillor - Women's suffrage centenary edition

This guide contains information about how councils work, the role of a councillor and most importantly, what being a Lib Dem councillor looks like. You will hear from four female Lib Dem councillors from different local councils who share  why they are Lib Dem councillors and why it is important to them to represent their communities.

 


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The Battle for Bedford

Liberal Democrats have a strong history in Bedford, having held seats on Bedford Borough Council since the 1970s. Unlike the county which was consistently Conservative controlled, the Borough Council has been ‘no overall control’ since 1986.
 

 


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What next for adult social care: a Liberal Democrat vision for care services

Retirement can be challenging, especially if people are facing a reduction in financial circumstances, are living in a home unsuitable for an older person or have become isolated. We need to recognise that older people can and are making positive contributions to society, given the right environments.

 


Liverpool be a Lib Dem councillor

Stand up for Liverpool: Be a Liberal Democrat Councillor

This guide contains information about how councils work, and in the case of the Liverpool City Region, sets out the history of local government in the region and its present context, the role of a councillor and most importantly,what being a Lib Dem councillor looks like.

 


Birmingham be a councillor

Stand up for Birmingham: Be a Liberal Democrat Councillor

This guide contains information about how councils work, and in the case of Birmingham, sets out some history of local government in the city and its present context, the role of a councillor and most importantly, what being a Lib Dem councillor looks like.

 

 


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Liverpool: a study of Liberal fortitude

Only people who want to win, will win when times are hard.

 

 


Annual Report 2017: Liberal Democrat Group COVER

Annual Report 2017: Liberal Democrat Group

From lobbying over business rates to campaigning for the reform of social care funding, we have been working hard both within the LGA and the Liberal Democrats to ensure our voice is heard.

 


Next Generation 2018-19 - Development programme for aspiring leaders

Next Generation 2018-19 - Development programme for aspiring leaders

The Local Government Association (LGA) Liberal Democrat Group Next Generation programme has been developed within the traditions and values of the Liberal Democrat party, drawing on a range of experts to create an unparalleled political development opportunity for participants.


Winning the Watford way

Winning the Watford Way

As this booklet reveals, Watford’s team have had their highs and lows and there have been many lessons learned.

 


BuildingHC

Building healthy communities

This booklet is about public health. There is so much that can be and is being done by every council in the  country.

 

 



Stand for what you believe in: Could you be a London Liberal Democrat councillor?

Lib Dem councillors have long been an important democratic voice for the party. Our well-worn mottos of ‘working hard all year round' and ‘success you can see' really mean something to the communities we represent.

 


Stand for what you believe in: be a Liberal Democrat councillor

Lib Dem councillors have long been an important democratic voice for the party. Our well-worn mottos of ‘working hard all year round' and ‘success you can see' really mean something to the communities we represent.  

 


Stand for what you believe in: be a Liberal Democrat county councillor

Thinking of standing as a Lib Dem county councillor? The LGA Liberal Democrat Group working with the Association of Lib Dem Councillors have put together a booklet giving more information on what the job involves.

 



Are you under 30? Could you be a Liberal Democrat councillor?

The LGA Lib Dem Group, working with the Association of Lib Dem Councillors and Liberal Youth, have produced a booklet for young people thinking of getting involved as a Lib Dem Councillor.

 


LGA Liberal Democrat Group Annual report 2016

The LGA Lib Dem Group has issued their annual report for 2016.

 

 



Action on the environment

Green issues are important for Liberal Democrats at a local, national and international level. Here, Liberal Democrat Councils and Council Groups detail steps they have been taking to help the environment.

 



Liberal Democrat Education Policy Development and the role of LDEA

There has been concern within the party that we are not generally giving education policy enough priority. We in the LDEA are working on that. Early in February, jointly with the Lib Dem LGA group, we held a conference entitled 'Education for real life.'

 


Local Election Manifesto 2015

This document brings together all proposals in the Liberal Democrat 2015 General Election Manifesto that relate directly to local government.  

 



Demanding devolution - A local Liberal Democrat vision

Taking power away from the stuffy corridors of Whitehall and Westminster and giving it to the communities, villages, towns, cities, counties, regions and nations that make up the UK has rightly long been at the heart of Liberal Democrat - and indeed our predecessor parties' - policies and ideals.

 



Community politics in the 21st century

Great places need ambitious leadership to inspire local communities and create a better future for the people and localities they represent.

 



Lib Dem Action on... Local Economy

Since the financial crisis, the state of the economy and its outlook has without doubt been at the top of the political agenda and will remain there for a long while yet.

 



Fighting crime locally

The ‘tough' option to combat crime is working hard to prevent it happening in the first place, and when it does to look at different ways that can support more traditional approaches to justice. We sometimes hear from our opponents that the Lib Dems are not tough enough on crime. But we have shown at all levels of government and parts of the country that in fact the opposite is true.