Topic: Economy and regeneration

How can local government support thriving and prosperous communities?



Exploring alternative sources of income for rural councils

Rural councils face specific funding challenges in meeting the needs of their communities and they rely heavily on federal and state government grants. This briefing identifies possible options for other forms of sustainable income, including drawing from examples of existing alternative income streams deployed by local government across Australia.

Australia Briefing With case study

Centralisation Nation – report by Centre for Cities and Resolution Foundation

For 15 years, the UK economy has stagnated, especially outside London and the south east. International evidence suggests economic under-performance is linked to England’s centralised state. This briefing analyses a report from Centre for Cities and the Resolution Foundation which makes a case for radical reform of local economic governance, responsibilities and funding.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Scotland February policy bulletin

Covering the last few weeks of 2022 and the first weeks of 2023, this latest policy bulletin includes vital insights into key documents that impact local government. This month’s big issue is finance – the impact of the Scottish Government budget on local government has been dominating headlines week after week.

Scotland Briefing

England policy round-up: October/November 2022

This new edition covers policy/research papers from October/November 2022, which saw another change of prime minister. Rishi Sunak’s first task was to restore economic stability and market confidence. As winter arrives, public services – and the whole country – face tough challenges from the cost of living and industrial unrest.

England & Wales Briefing

Scottish Government Budget 2023-24

Following the Scottish government’s budget release today, the LGIU team has released an initial response covering the government’s key prioritises and what the implications are for local government.