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The State of Local Government Finance in England 2024

This report is drawn from the LGIU’s 11th annual survey of senior council leaders, chief executives, chief finance officers and cabinet members for finance, and provides a detailed picture of how the sector views the current financial position of local authorities.

Following the money: Who is watching local government in England?

In this article, Dr Ben Worthy, lecturer in Politics at Birkbeck, examines the findings from his recent research paper on (the lack of) oversight and audit in English local government finances, and makes suggestions for how the system should be improved.

England & Wales

England local government finance: 2024 survey launch

Dr Greg Stride is leading LGIU’s 2024 state of local government finance report. In this blog, he talks through the history of the survey and how we’re updating it for 2024. 

England & Wales

Lessons for England from local government in Japan

In this article, Dr Greg Stride, from the LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre, picks out some key lessons from our recent report on local government finance in Japan. 

England & Wales

A Systematic Analysis of Local Government Finance in Japan

The LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre is exploring how local government is funded in different countries as part of ongoing work to develop new ideas and solutions to tackle long-standing problems. This report takes an in-depth look at the system in Japan.

The state of local government finance in Scotland

This report from the LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre explores the financial pressure that councils are facing from the perspective of those responsible for council finances. It is based on a survey sent to council leaders, chief executives and directors of finance in Scottish local authorities.

England & Wales, Scotland

Stronger together: global learning for a local government manifesto

As we launch our new manifesto for local government Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGIU, outlines how we plan to work with the global community of local government to share learning and build a stronger foundation for local delivery in the 21st century.

Australia, Global, Ireland

What role for local government in Scotland’s National Care Service?

This new report from the LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre, written by our partners at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Care looks at the implications for local government of a national care service plan as proposed by the Scottish government. 

Scotland