UK Local Government International Bureau
- 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.
LGIB: Committee of the Regions
Each mandate adopts a programme of policy priorities
for the work of CoR. Its aim is to influence and impact on the EU
During the period 1998 - 2002, CoR will concentrate on the following issues.
- employment, training and SMEs
- European citizenship
- urban policy
Local Government Association (LGA)
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
Policy Papers on Social Affairs
Inclusion - case studies of the local government role in promoting social
justice and social inclusion
- LGA Publication - July 1999 (190k PDF)
White Paper on Public Health: Saving Lives - Our Healthier Nation
- LGA Briefing - July 1999 (52k PDF)
Social Justice and Social Inclusion : The Local Government Role
- February 1999
Exclusion Update - LGA Briefing
- December 1999 (48k PDF)
Social Services White Paper 1998 - LGA Briefing -
Reform Green Paper - "New Ambitions for our Country: A New Contract for
Welfare" - Views of
the Local Government Association - March 1998 (83k PDF)
Response to the consultation on the Health Act 1999 - "Modern
partnerships for the people" - December 1999
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
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
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.
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
- 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
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)