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Social Science electronic resources: Local Government

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Gateways and Portals | UK Government Sites | Organisations | Electronic Journals

Gateways and Portals

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Find your local council Search for the contact details and website for your local council, using an interactive map or search screen.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Info for Local Government Links to local government information on the websites of UK central government departments and agencies.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Local Authorities Gateway to National Support The gateway to news, information, resources and services for local government.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Oultwood Links to local authority websites in the UK, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Southern Ireland
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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What Do They Know? Users can make Freedom of Information requests through this site, and search for information others have requested. 
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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UK Government Sites

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Audit Commission Access to information about Audit Commission reports (including full text of briefings) and downloadable local government performance indicators.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Department for Communities and Local Government The Department covers building regulations, housing, homelessness, planning, sustainable communities, urban and regional policy, fire and resilience, social exclusion, women and equality.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Statistics
    Official statistics relating to deprivation, fire and rescue services, housing and homelessness, local government finance, planning performance and land use.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Greater London Authority Website for the mayor and London Assembly.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Organisations

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Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham Inlogov is a leading centre for the applied study of local and community governance. The web site is rich and includes an extensive collection of reports, papers and conference presentations under the Research heading.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Local Government Association Analysis and Research Local Government Analysis and Research was established in April 2006 to deliver high quality research and analytic services.  The web site has a rich collection of research reports, mainly published electronically only, and an archive of issues of LGAR’s bulletin.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Local Government Association Organisation representing local authorities. Site includes LGAnet, a list of useful Internet links.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Local Government Information Unit The Local Government Information Unit is an independent research and information organisation. It represents the interests of local authorities by providing practical, independent advice, resources and training.  The web site is rich, containing a wide range of research reports and policy briefings in full text.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Planning Portal Aims to provide a one-stop-shop supplying answers, services and information to anyone involved in the planning process - from home owners and businesses to planning professionals and Government officials. It includes a searchable database of planning appeals and access to local plans.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Royal Town Planning Institute The RTPI produces a wide range of publications which it makes freely available on the web.
This site is freely available on the Internet
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Electronic Journals

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Public Finance Free archive.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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