Working to make government more effective

Refuse collection in Lancashire

Local government

Our research assesses the performance of local government services and how to improve them.

Local government is a key priority for any government. Our research, events and commentary analyse changes to funding and demand for social care and neighbourhood services, and the impact of government policies on performance and on the workforce that delivers them.

We assess how the performance varies between different parts of the country, explain the challenges facing social care and neighbourhood services, and explain the local government system in England.