Frequently Asked Questions
Introduction and accessing the site:
What is LocalGov.co.uk?
LocalGov.co.uk aims to be a complete resource for those seeking more information about local government. It features news articles from a wide range of sources, including magazines and news feeds, and links this information with comprehensive directory data supplied by the authoritative Municipal Year Book. The site also features relevant events, a local government recruitment section, careers, business information and details of companies supplying the local government market. Need 2 Know provides further background information on the local government sector in the UK, while Govepedia is an ever growing encyclopedia of all things local government which users can contribute to.
Do I have to register or subscribe to the site? Is there a charge?
LocalGov.co.uk’s news content is free to view. However, to receive our e-mail alerts service, our jobs, events details, careers, Govepedia and Need 2 Know, you need to register free of charge by completing the simple form on the website. To access the directory, you must subscribe and details, including costs, are provided on the site.
Why should I subscribe?
A subscription to LocalGov.co.uk unlocks the full potential of the site. In addition to accessing thousands of records held in the Municipal Year Book, you can run customized searches on the data. Importantly, a subscription also opens links between the news content and our directory information, giving articles further value through background information on people and organisations involved in the local government sector.
What is a ‘corporate subscription’?
The corporate subscription gives organisations multiple accesses to LocalGov.co.uk at a discounted rate. Further information can be found on the site.
Using the site:
LocalGov.co.uk is a huge resource and our help section will no doubt grow as more users delve into the site. Please visit this section from time to time to keep in touch with this list of pointers which will help you get the most from the site.
Once I’ve registered or subscribed, why do I need to login every time I use the site?
As a registrant or subscriber to LocalGov.co.uk, the site will store your preferences including frequent searches and other information designed to make using the site easier. By logging in, you benefit from this.
Why does my username have to be an e-mail address when I register or subscribe?
By registering or subscribing, you have the option to receive additional e-mail alert services and hence we need e-mail addresses to send the bulletins you request.
What should I do if I find a mistake or get stuck using the site?
How accurate and up to date is the information?
All of our information is held on a database that is updated by our team all year round. Every council, association and organisation that appears on the site has been contacted, and their data checked.
How do you update the information? What is the process?
Each year, directory staff mail out all the information to the relevant organisations, who then correct and update the forms. Our database is then updated and any outstanding entries are chased. Very soon, local authorities will also have the option to update their entry online - this allows them to make changes as soon as they happen.
How do I inform you of changes to my organisation or local authority?
Do you have a further question about this website?