Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Democracy, devolution and governance, Finance

Global Local Executive Panel: Where do we go for ideas to help fix local government finance?


Session overview

Where do we go for ideas to help fix local government finance? Join us for a stimulating discussion on international perspectives on local government finance, featuring a team of experts and practitioners from across the globe. The panel will explore critical challenges faced by local governments worldwide, focusing on funding systems for local government in England, Scotland, North Ireland, Australia, Germany, Italy, and Japan. The session will delve into the impacts of local government funding on essential services, the future of local government finance, and insights and opportunities while navigating financial challenges.

This event takes place from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. BST at the annual LGA conference. Please join us for an exciting fringe event accompanying this impactful conference.

Key areas of exploration

  • An examination of international finance systems for local government
  • Local government funding and the impacts on essential services
  • The future of local government finance
  • Insights and opportunities while navigating financial challenges


Dr Jonathan Carr-West – Chief Executive, Local Government Information Unit

Cllr Ray Morgon – Leader, Havering Council

Councillor Shona Morrison – President, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)

Alison Allen – Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA)

Jane Stroud – CEO, Kiama Municipal Council

Dr Kevin Muldoon-Smith – Associate Professor, Northumbria University

About Global Local Executive Panels

At LGIU, we are exploring new ways of bringing our members high-level insights from councils across the world on how local government is dealing with critical global issues.

The Global Local Executive Panel Series aim to bring together executive speakers from local government across the countries we work in and beyond to share solutions they’ve found to critical challenges faced worldwide. These sessions bring together senior executives from international councils to share ideas, compare approaches and explore learning opportunities. Explore more local solutions to global challenges in our Global Local Executive Panel series.