Local Government Finance Resources for UNISON England

The LGIU has provided some helpful reading to further your understanding of local government finance.

Local Government Association (LGA)

Ian Fifield has written a workbook for councillors that will be helpful for UNISON stewards to read to further understand local government finance.

Councillor workbook – Finance for non-finance portfolio holders / cabinet members(2022)

LGiU Policy Briefings Related to Local Government Finance:

The LGIU has written extensively on local government finance.  Some briefings to download are below:



Swift Read: Budget 2021 – a wasted opportunity for local government?

The impact of Covid-19 on English council finances: funding gaps, revenue losses, service implications

Business Rates Review: Call for Evidence



Scottish devolution and funding: the Barnett formula and council tax



Resources and e-Learning

Extra reading to download to further your understanding of local government finance.

Slides on introduction to local government finance (England)

Slides Intro to LG Finance UNISON ENG 2023-24 (2023)

LGiU has published a checklist for UNISON to guide you through the key financial and budgeting activity at your council that compliments our learning.


Bite-size learning

Online learning in your own time.  Watch our tutorials on local government finance in your own time to go over the training provided.

Part 1

Learn the basics on local government finance

Part 2

Now that you have mastered the basics of local government finance watch our next course below. This course applies to all English, Scottish and Welsh local government finance


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