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Our publications help local government professionals stay informed, learn from peers and experts, and develop their skills and expertise through in-depth analysis, research and insights on topics relevant to the sector.  Create a free LGIU website account to access exclusive content and sign up for our newsletters.

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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.

Annual Review 2023

As 2023 draws to a close, we look back at the work of the LGIU this year.

England & Wales

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

LGIU@40: For the Future of Local Government

This manifesto details what we believe needs to happen to set local government on the right path to be the sustainable and effective force we all need. It is based on research the LGIU has undertaken over the last decade and on a programme of in-depth conversations with our members.

England & Wales, Global

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

LGIU@40 Collection: Finance

Finance is a central theme of our LGIU@40 campaign about the future of local government. This collection of resources explores the risks and opportunities for local government finance, and includes major research reports, articles, member-only briefings and our Global Local newsletter.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Councillors at the casino? The differentiated landscape of local council financial strategies in England

Professor Andy Pike from Newcastle University explores how financial innovation has become part of the repertoire for local councils struggling to close funding gaps in England. He explains how these practices are connected to characterisations of ‘councillors at the casino’ running risks with taxpayers’ money and taking a public service gamble, jeopardising essential service provisions.

England & Wales