The LGA's ninth Census of Local Authority Councillors in England provides the most comprehensive, timely overview of local government representation and, with previous years’ data, how that has changed over time.
Local democracy is strongest when there are high levels of civic representation, where citizens voices are heard and taken into account in local decision-making. However, not all individuals in society feel they can participate equally in the civic arena. This research focuses on how councils can work with their local voluntary and community sector to improve civic participation of underrepresented groups.
This report sets out the key mechanisms in place at both national and local levels to support economically vulnerable households through the COVID-19 crisis, and present modelling results of the potential impact of the removal of these support mechanisms.
This guide offers councils ideas and experience to enable them to make the best use of available resources, maximise the effectiveness and value of their local approaches and to ensure that they are well placed to drive forward positive change in the provision of affordable and responsible finance, for the people and communities that need it the most.