Scotland Finance

Roundtable: The state of local government finance in Scotland



Mirroring our “State of Local Government Finance Report in England”, which has been running for over a decade now, feed into our investigative research from the Local Democracy Research Centre to help us establish a clear picture of the funding situation across local government. Join us for a discussion on understanding council capacity, spending decisions and pressures faced by staff and elected members.

This report will examine the level of confidence that council leaders have in the funding system as a whole and their perception of how the national government might support or hinder decision-making in local areas. The webinar will also introduce the Local Democracy Research Centre’s comparative study of local government finance models in England, Germany, Italy, and Japan.  With a similar investigation of Scottish finance to follow shortly, the seminar will prove a useful space to develop a unique system-wide perspective of local government funding.

Key outcomes

  • Attendees will gain an understanding of the funding situation across local government in Scotland and develop a unique system-wide perspective of local government funding.
  • The webinar will provide a space for councillors and officers to engage in a horizon-scanning exercise of local government’s financial sustainability.
  • Attendees will also be introduced to ongoing research into international models of local government finance and gain insights into finance and funding for local government around the world.

Who should attend

We are keen to hear first-hand from local government officers to begin painting a “behind the scenes” picture of local government finance in Scotland.


Martin Booth – Director of Finance Glasgow City Council and CIFPA Scotland Chair

Dr Jonathan Carr-West – Chief Executive LGIU

Alan Russell – Chief Executive Renfrewshire Council

Dr Greg Stride– Researcher LGIU

What others are saying about LGIU workshops

“It was really good to hear from both other local authorities and LGIU experts. The experts were excellent in keeping things as clear & simple as possible. The session was chaired well and I very much appreciate the speed at which LGIU put this workshop in place. I took quite a lot away from it.

– Bryn, from Aberystwyth