Global, Scotland Economy and regeneration

Report launch: The state of local government finance in Scotland


This session is open exclusively to LGIU members. Not a member but interested in this report launch? Reach out to us to explore how we can work with your organisation!


Join us for the launch of our report on The State of local government finance in Scotland, where we will explore the views of senior Scottish local government figures on what local government finance looks like from behind the scenes. This event will be a unique opportunity to develop a system-wide perspective of local government funding and see the results of our exclusive survey of senior council officials. Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity to gain a better understanding of the funding situation across local government in Scotland.

Key outcomes

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the current state of local government finance in Scotland, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing the sector.
  • Develop a system-wide perspective of local government funding in Scotland, which will be useful in decision-making and policy development.
  • An opportunity to contribute to further research on local government funding in Scotland and around the world.

Who should attend

This event is relevant to anyone who is interested in local government finance in Scotland, including senior figures in Scottish local government, policymakers, researchers, and professionals working in related fields. The event provides valuable insights into the current state of local government finance in Scotland and ongoing research into international models of local government finance. It is a great opportunity to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing the sector, as well as engage in a horizon-scanning exercise of local government’s financial sustainability.

Your LGIU Experts

Dr Greg Stride is a researcher at the Local Democracy Research Centre at the LGIU. Greg has a PhD from the University of Exeter on electoral administration in England, where he also taught social science research methods. Alongside his academic work, Greg has also worked in electoral services, written textbooks for A-level politics students and completed an internship at the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Martin Booth is the current Executive Director at Glasgow City Council. They were previously Director of Finance and Governance at Glasgow Life and Head of Finance at COSLA. Martin attended St Aloysius College and obtained an MBA from Glasgow Caledonian University before becoming a Chartered Public Finance Accountant through CIPFA. Direct reports to Martin include Morag Johnston while they report to Annemarie O'Donnell, Chief Executive.
Joanne Pitt has 25 years of public sector expertise and has written extensively on subjects like government funding, financial sustainability and council companies. She supports local government improvement using data analysis, and is a member of the Future Public Services Task Force. Joanne holds a degree from Leeds University and a postgraduate qualification in housing from the University of Westminster, as well as several additional qualifications including CIPFA NED certification.
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What others are saying about LGIU workshops

The report launch was really impressive! The structure made it easy to comprehend and gave people the opportunity to expand on their questions. Hearing the experiences of others added a personal touch, really digging into democratic involvement in local climate action. Overall, it was a fantastic event that left me excited for what’s next!

– Finbarr Curran, Fingal