Our factsheets offer guidance on a range of issues including governance, social media and budget-setting.

Registering as a political party

A guide for independents interested in establishing a party

Position paper on devolution and local government reorganisation

Our agreed principles

Welcome to the LGA Independent Group

An introduction to the support provided by the LGA Independent Group

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

Example letter setting out opposition to plans 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.

Political proportionality at council meetings

A guide to the allocation of committee seats at councils

Independent Group member councils


A vision statement is one of the many ways to aid a connection between councils and their constituents.

Budget-setting and effective challenge for councillors

Time management

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

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.


Developed for our members by the LGA and leading social enterprise Turning Point, this factsheet provides some really useful tips for managing stressful situations.

Nominations for Queen’s Birthday, and New Year, Honours

How to submit a nomination