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Facing financial challenges in Scotland

This briefing from CIPFA examines the challenges faced by Local Authority CFOs across England, Scotland and Wales and explores how CFOs can strike the right balance in prioritisation and planning, particularly as they navigate the annual budget-setting process.

Members & Global Local

The role and impact of TV and film production in local economies

The UK is seeing a rapid growth in demand for original content from studios, broadcasters, and streaming services, leading to an increase in local TV and film production. Despite a shortfall of facilities and skilled crew, the development of new production hubs is attracting investment from both national and local government. This briefing explores.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland With case study
Members & Global Local

The role and importance of local, independent cinemas in communities

This briefing explores how local, independent cinemas play a significant role in establishing a sense of place and providing a personalised, friendly service in communities. They offer social and community benefits, as well as cultural and inclusive advantages. However, they are facing existential challenges and need local government support to survive.

England & Wales, Scotland With case study

From multiplex to cosy screens: A case study of local cinema resilience amidst post-covid challenges

Graves (Cumberland) Ltd is a family-owned cinema company that has been in the Cumbria region for almost 90 years. Despite challenges like the Covid-19 pandemic and changing customer habits, the company has remained resilient with a mixed business model. This case study explores how they provide cinema services that are important for local residents.

England & Wales With case study

Flying the flags: How Liverpool City Council helped host the Eurovision Song Contest

Liverpool City Council’s Claire McColgan, Director of Culture, and Harry Doyle, Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Culture, discuss Liverpool’s hosting of Eurovision 2023 and the involvement of the city council. It highlights the significance of the Eurovision Song Contest as a major television programme and its impact on local economies.

England & Wales With case study

Community infrastructure: Missing from the ‘missing middle’ conversation

This briefing examines the need for a refreshed approach to Australia’s community infrastructure planning and funding to keep pace with housing supply increases. It emphasizes the importance of updating planning frameworks and funding mechanisms to empower local governments to deliver essential infrastructure, fostering healthy communities and addressing well-being in urban development.

Australia With case study

Oireachtas and local government March 2024

In this member-exclusive round-up service, we examine the news from Ireland’s Parliament every month with a focus, as always, on legislation which impacts local government. This March issue covers a range of topics, including shared Island investment priorities, the Climate Action Plan 2024, Joint Policing Committees and Local Community Safety Partnerships, and much more.


Integrated care systems: Partnership working and council scrutiny

This briefing looks at the growing importance of integrated care systems in community based initiatives, the related benefits of partnership working and the emerging role of local authorities in the scrutiny of integrated care systems.

England & Wales

Ireland 2040: An island of regions?

In this think piece, LGIU’s Ireland Commissioner, Dr Seán O Riordáin, discusses the current governance of the island of Ireland and delves into considerations around a possible new governance model for the region.

Ireland, Northern Ireland