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.
A sustainable approach to local government finance is the only way to ensure long-term resilience for local places and local communities, writes Jonathan Carr-West.
The financial distress of local authorities in England has its roots in a funding system that is broken, as Jonathan Carr-West told a Commons Committee last week.
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.
Communities and governments worldwide are facing a challenging future due to inflation, inequality, disruptive technology, geopolitical tensions, and climate change. In this briefing, Professor Richard Eccleston from the University of Tasmania unpacks the increasingly challenging issue of local government funding in Australia.
What’s the point of decentralisation? Innovation, entrepreneurialism, and democratic engagement in the US
Professor Joanie Willett explores how decentralisation has improved the relationship between local governments and their citizens in two Appalachian communities.
In this article, Dr Helen Paterson, Chief Executive of Northumberland County Council, emphasises how critical local government is to effective placemaking, and an important partner that national government should not overlook.
LGIU associate Jill Morgan discusses the connection between poverty and traveller communities. She argues that local government has a truly critical role to play in alleviating the issue – and this begins with a serious revamp of the current approach to accommodation for Travelling communities.
From Covid-19 to the rising cost of living, local government have been frontline dealing with back-to-back crises. In this article, South Tyneside Council’s Leader, Tracey Dixon, outlines the intervention methods their council and partners are taking to try and help ease the financial struggles facing the most vulnerable in their community.
Cllr Tracey Dixon, Leader of South Tyneside Council, shares the details of South Tyneside’s Pledge, a new community wealth building project which, at just 18 months old, has already boosted the borough’s economy by £3m. How have they done it? This article takes a look.