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An introduction to archives for councils

Archives hold the unique and irreplaceable story of organisations, businesses, communities and individuals across the country. The National Archives, as archive sector lead in England, has written this reference guide to help councils better understand what archives are, why they are so important, and where to go for further information.

LGA at the Green Party Conference: 6 - 7 October 2023

The LGA's publication for the Green Party Conference taking place in Brighton.

Front cover of NGDP council information pack 2023 to 2024

National Graduate Development Programme - council information pack

National Graduate Development Programme 2023/24: Council information pack

A councillor's workbook on scrutiny

A councillor's workbook on scrutiny

This workbook has been designed to provide councillors with insights and information on the 'overview and scrutiny' function of councils to support them in their role as councillor.

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LGA in Parliament 2022/23

The LGA in Parliament report highlights a vital part of our role as the voice of local government, working with parliamentarians as we seek to inform debates, the scrutiny of legislation that affects local government, and shape the reports of select committees and All-Party Parliamentary Groups.

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A Smoother Ride: Reviewing the Bus Services Act 2017 to empower local areas

Local government know their communities and their transport needs best. This joint report between the LGA and Urban Transport Group (UTG) reviews the provisions of the Bus Services Act and contains recommendations for legislative change as well as quick wins that could better support bus services in our communities.

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Renewable Energy Good Practice Guidance 2023

Most local authorities already have some experience of renewable energy generation, usually through building mounted solar PV systems.

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Bridging hotels and homelessness for Afghan households research report

To monitor homelessness pressures caused by the closure of bridging hotels for Afghan nationals, in August 2023, an online survey was sent to 44 councils in England with bridging hotels in their area.

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The 12 components of effective coalitions

This guidance framework outlines the 12 key components of effective coalitions and includes a development tool for councillors, officers and regional teams to use in developing their own local arrangements.

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‘Ending Rough Sleeping for Good’ progress assessment: a transparent and joined-up system

In summer 2023, the Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel set up three sub-groups to focus on prevention, led by the Local Government Association and St Basils; recovery and intervention, led by Housing Justice and Thames Reach; and transparent and joined-up systems, led by the Centre for Homelessness Impact and London Councils.

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Make It Local

To deliver priorities for the public the Government needs to #MakeItLocal

Make It Local

By the start of 2025, we will have had a general election. This is a moment of opportunity.


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