The State of Local Government Finance in England 2024


This report, the 11th annual state of local government finance survey in England, tells a story that is at once both familiar and distinctive.

It is a familiar story of councils struggling to deliver essential services with inadequate funding, pulling all of the levers available to them to make ends meet, increasing numbers of councils falling into effective bankruptcy, and residents paying more to get less.

But this year, there is a difference. The balance has tipped and this report, for the first time, demonstrates how widespread the desperate funding situation for councils is, with more than half of respondents warning that they now face bankruptcy in the next five years if nothing changes.

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Funding systems for local government – international comparisons

The state of local government finance in England

The state of local government finance in Scotland