Part of our support is sharing good practice. Here you’ll find a range of resources on the issues that matter most to our members.

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Latest resources

Lambeth Green Councillors response to proposed Government planning reform, September 2020 (pdf, 166KB)

Is a Committee system right for your council? Since the Localism Act 2011, and particularly since the May 2019 elections, many councils have begun exploring different avenues of governance. There are three main models to choose from.

Guidance on rosettes

Independents in Southend-on-Sea and Lincolnshire have shared examples of their group constitution for any Independents looking to set up their own group. 

Position Paper on Devolution and Local Government Reorganistion: Our agreed principles for devolution and reorganisation

Devolution and Reorganisation is a live issue for many of our members. In Surrey, Independent and other District Council Leaders have written a joint letter setting out their opposition to current plans. This might be a useful template for other Leaders to use.  

Factsheet: Political Proportionality at Council Meetings: a guide to the allocation of committee seats at councils

Factsheet: Welcome to the LGA Independent GroupThis factsheet provides an introduction to the support provided by the LGA Independent Group

Fact sheet: Independent Group Member Councils

Fact sheet: Vision Setting: A vision statement is one of the many ways to aid a connection between councils and their constituents.

Draft Memorandum of Understanding Template: Many councils are forming alliances for a joint administration at the moment, this handy template will help you set the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between Groups/Parties.

Factsheet: Budget Setting and Effective Challenge for councillors

Factsheet: Time Management: This useful factsheet provides members with some top tips for juggling the many demands on your time. 

Factsheet: Social Media: Social Media is a useful tool for all members to use, but there are pitfalls if not used correctly. This factsheet summarises some top tips for using Facebook or Twitter to engage with your residents. 

Factsheet: Stress Busters: Developed with leading social enterprise, Turning Point, for our members, this factsheet provides some really useful tips for managing stressful situations.

Nominations for Queen’s Birthday and New Year Honours - how to make a submit a nomination

Councillor workbooks: The LGA has produced a number of distance learning materials, covering key topics such as action on climate change, chairing skills, finance, planning, scrutiny and community safety.

External Report: Declaring a Climate Change Emergency : Arup, an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, have published guidance for local authorities who have declared a climate emergency.

Example Covid-19 Recovery Plan from North Kesteven

Sharing Best Practice – Motions

Thinking of putting forward a motion to your council? Independent Group members have shared some of their council motions with the group – get in touch if you are interested in seeing what people have shared or sharing some of your own.