Our publications

We publish a range of reports and information leaflets for our councillors to keep them up to date with our activities. Our Liberal Democrat Annual Report 2021 is now live.


Below you can find our latest Lib Dem Group publications.

LGA new councillor hub

The LGA’s new councillor hub is intended to provide you with all the essential information you may need as a newly elected councillor and is a useful addition to the support and guidance you will receive from your own council. Find our more in LGA / ALDC Calling all new councillors.

LGA and ALDC at the Liberal Democrat Spring Virtual Conference

The Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors (ALDC) are again active at this year’s Liberal Democrat Spring Virtual Conference, 19 to 21 March 2021. Local government speakers will also feature in a number of debates, seminars, training sessions and roundtables hosted by a variety of partner organisations.

LGA Liberal Democrat updates

LGA Liberal Democrat update: November 2020
Sign up for this year's LGA/ALDC Councillor's Weekend

LGA Liberal Democrat update: October 2020
Stop the Tory power grab!

LGA Liberal Democrat update: August 2020
Councillor's Weekend 2020.

LGA Liberal Democrat update: July 2020
Advice and good practice from the LGA Liberal Democrats

LGA Liberal Democrat update: June 2020
Still plenty to do. Use time wisely. Ten things You can do now. 

LGA Liberal Democrat update: April 2020
Online learning and training.

Liberal Democrat Annual reports

Our annual reports detail the work of the LGA Liberal Democrat Group over the past year.

Liberal Democrat Annual Report 2021

Liberal Democrat Annual Report 2020

Liberal Democrat Annual Report 2019

Liberal Democrat Annual Report 2018

Liberal Democrat Annual Report 2017

Delivering for our countryside

Delivering for our countryside (September 2019): 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 (September 2019): 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.

Liberal Democrats in education

Liberal Democrats in education (September 2019): The Liberal Democrat Education Association (LDEA) is a band of volunteers, though many of us either are, or have been, professionally involved in education.

LGA Liberal Democrat Group Next Generation

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.

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.

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

Think Global, Act Local – Liberal Democrat Local Action for our environment (March 2019): 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

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.

Power for People and Communities: Policy Paper 130

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

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 councillor series

Stand for what you believe in: Be a Liberal Democrat councillor (February 2021)
Welsh Liberal Democrats edition

Stand for what you believe in: be a Liberal Democrat District Councillor (August 2018)
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.

Stand for what you believe in: be a Liberal Democrat county councillor (August 2018)
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.

Stand for what you believe in: Be a Liberal Democrat councillor - Women's suffrage centenary edition (March 2018)
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.

Stand up for Liverpool: Be a Liberal Democrat Councillor (August 2017)
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.

Stand up for Birmingham: Be a Liberal Democrat Councillor (August 2017)
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.

Stand for what you believe in: Could you be a London Liberal Democrat councillor? (August 2017)
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 (February 2016)
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.  

Liverpool: a study of Liberal fortitude

Liverpool: a study of Liberal fortitude: Only people who want to win, will win when times are hard.

The Battle for Bedford

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.

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.

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

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.

Building healthy communities

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

Action on the environment

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

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.'