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LGIU response: Commons LUHC Committee report on financial distress in local authorities

LGIU response: Commons LUHC Committee report on financial distress in local authorities Four solutions for the future Today’s report on financial distress in local authorities from the House of Commons Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee, recognises and amplifies the cries of anguish from local authorities across England who have been struggling for years due…

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LGIU Scotland Response: 2023 Scottish Budget

LGIU Scotland Response: 2023 Scottish Budget Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGIU Scotland, said: “With one in four Scottish councils warning that they may be unable to balance their books next year, today’s budget will not offer much reassurance. The Verity House Agreement promised early budget engagement, and it promised ‘no surprises.’ This financial settlement does…

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LGIU Response: Provisional 2024/25 Local Government Finance Settlement

Provisional 2024/25 Local Government Finance SettlementJonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGIU,  “This year’s financial settlement does not address the severe problems at the heart of local government finance and is simply too little, too late."

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Nearly a quarter of Scottish councils warn of effective bankruptcy, as every single council plans spending cuts to services, affecting millions of residents

New research out today from Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) Scotland reveals that nearly a quarter of Scottish councils fear they will not be able to balance their budgets in the 2024/25 financial year. This is despite the fact that every single council in Scotland plans to cut spending on services in the next financial…

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Immediate local government reforms required to prevent millions more people living in bankrupt boroughs

With a record number of councils expected to declare bankruptcy this year, over 60 council leaders and chief executives have contributed to a new Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) manifesto that – if implemented – could prevent millions of people from living in bankrupt boroughs in 2024/25. Today’s report, LGiU@40: For the Future of Local…

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LGIU Response: Nottingham City Council issues section 114

LGIU Response: Nottingham City Council issues section 114 Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGIU, said: “Sadly this news comes as no surprise. We know that around one in ten councils are at risk of effective bankruptcy. This represents a tragedy for millions of citizens who see the services they rely on at risk even as their…

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Local councillors across Scotland awarded in 6th annual showcase of the best of local government

Local councillors across Scotland awarded in 6th annual showcase of the best of local government Tonight, LGIU Scotland and CCLA were proud to unveil the winners of the 2023 Cllr Awards; the only national awards ceremony to celebrate the vital work of local councillors across Scotland. At Edinburgh’s City Chambers, the top prize of the…

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LGIU response to the 2023 Autumn Statement

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) said: “Across local government, confidence in the Government’s ability to fix the sector’s financial crisis is at rock bottom. Our recent State of Local Government Finance survey found that only 14% of senior council officials are confident in the sustainability of council finances, and under 5%…

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Local councillors nationwide awarded in 14th annual showcase of the best of local government

Local councillors nationwide awarded in 14th annual showcase of the best of local government Tonight, the LGIU and CCLA were proud to unveil the winners of the 2023 Cllr Awards, the only national awards ceremony to celebrate the vital work of local councillors across England and Wales. At the Guildhall in London, the top prize,…

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Weakening of internal council watchdogs puts local authorities at significant legal risk

Local council monitoring officers, those legally required to ensure councils act within the law, lack influence at the top table putting local authorities at significant legal risk, according to a new report from the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) in partnership with Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) and Browne Jacobson. Based on in-depth interviews with…

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