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UK Local Government International Bureau (LGIB)

  • Promoting UK local government
  • Promoting local democracy
  • Informing UK local government
  • International Links and exchange of experience

LGIB facilitates linking between local authorities in the UK and worldwide. Its extensive database of linking partners across the world puts local communities in touch with one another. From its roots in cultural exchanges and town twinning, linking has developed to become a channel through which local authorities share best practice and experience.

The European Twinning Market on the LGIB website offers an online service where communities, local authorities and twinning associations can search for partners.

international local government capacity building
LGIB promotes international local government capacity building to support counterparts in developing countries. LGA and LGIB have launched LGAID Local Government Association International Development - to deliver international development programmes. LGIB works closely with IULA in international development cooperation.

Working with the Department for International Development, LGIB manages the Local Authority Technical Links Scheme, to provide project funding for partnerships with local authorities in Central and Eastern Europe. LGIB also works with local government in countries seeking membership of the European Union.


UK LGIB: Committee of the Regions
Political priorities
Each mandate adopts a programme of policy priorities for the work of CoR. Its aim is to influence and impact on the EU legislative procedure.
During the period 1998 - 2002, CoR will concentrate on the following issues.

  • enlargement
  • employment, training and SMEs
  • environment
  • European citizenship
  • urban policy

Local Government Association (LGA)


Policy Announcements
The Association plays a very active role in the development of innovative policies for local government and makes substantial contributions - to central government and others - to the achievement of policies on a wide range of issues which are of paramount corporate importance to the organisation and its member authorities. These often involve the creation of policy statements, briefings, commentaries and other valuable resources and the aim of this changing area of LGAnet is to help provide quick and easy access to current issues across the range of local government interests and activities.


Policy Papers on Social Affairs

  • Local Inclusion - case studies of the local government role in promoting social justice and social inclusion - LGA Publication - July 1999 (190k PDF)
  • The White Paper on Public Health: Saving Lives - Our Healthier Nation - LGA Briefing - July 1999 (52k PDF)
  • Promoting Social Justice and Social Inclusion : The Local Government Role - February 1999
    Social Exclusion Update - LGA Briefing
    - December 1999 (48k PDF)
  • The Social Services White Paper 1998 - LGA Briefing - December 1998
    Welfare Reform Green Paper - "New Ambitions for our Country: A New Contract for Welfare"
    - Views of the Local Government Association - March 1998 (83k PDF)
  • LGA Response to the consultation on the Health Act 1999 - "Modern partnerships for the people" - December 1999 (53k PDF)
    LGA Response to "Working Together to Safeguard Children - a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children"
    - November 1999 (17k PDF)


LGA Promoting Social Justice and Social Inclusion - The Local


The LGA's policy priorities 1999 -2000
The LGA's eight policy priorities for 1999/2000 are as follows:
better local government - we support the development of a reformed and strengthened framework for renewing local democracy, with greater financial autonomy and accountability, and greater probity and public service in local government.
social exclusion - our objective is to develop the national debate on the problems which lead to social exclusion and build on the work authorities have pioneered for many years. regeneration - we have developed a model for the New Commitment to Regeneration by empowering local communities and developing a strategy for change.
education - we are seeking to strengthen the vital education role of local authorities by developing partnerships with other national bodies in support of educational measures.
child care - we aim to ensure that the planning of early years services reflects the leadership role of local authorities, and support an expansion of day care and early years education provision.
health - local authorities are being encouraged to work for healthier communities and tackle health inequalities by taking a role in the development of primary care groups, health improvement programmes and Health Action Zones.
integrated transport - local authorities lead the way in encouraging the use of public transport and thereby reducing congestion, ill-health and environment damage through a programme of partnerships between local authorities and other agencies.
future agenda - the future agenda for local government is involves continuing the drive for modernisation and change into the next millennium.

Key Commitments
The LGA has also established five key commitments for local government to demonstrate its commitment to new ways of working:

  • Maintaining the highest standards of probity in the conduct of public affairs
  • Providing civic leadership by speaking for our communities
  • Securing Best Value and the provision of services of the highest standard
  • Engaging with our residents and our partners in broadening and deepening local democracy
  • Reviewing and experimenting with the way local government conducts its business

International Union of Local Authorities (IULA)
The Strategic Objectives (goals) of IULA:
1. To develop and maintain a strong democratic political organisation, managed to high professional standards in a global setting;
2. To be the worldwide advocate and voice of democratic local government;
3. To be the worldwide source of key information and intelligence regarding democratic local government;
4. To be the worldwide source of learning, exchange and capacity building programmes for democratic local government.


IULA's Platform for Capacity and Institution Building (CIB)

Task Force on Women in Local Government (WLG)


Descriptions have been taken and adapted from the web-sites linked to.