Topic: Finance

Local government funding and financial management.


Local government finance essentials

Get a thorough grounding in the key elements of local government finance and funding for officers and councillors.

England & Wales Event

Constrained autonomy and uncertain viability in Scotland

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 Scotland.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Publication

Calls to action from the LGIU’s Saving Local Government Finance Summit

This briefing outlines the key highlights from the Summit, the questions, tensions, and diversions covered throughout the lively discussion, the consensus reached around short-term solutions, and what the new government needs to implement in the first 100 days to save the sector.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Charities and the local government funding crisis

The financial fortunes of local government and the voluntary sector are intertwined. Relationships between councils and charities go beyond direct funding, ranging from landlord/tenant, commissioner/provider, or simply trusted partners. Three recent reports explore the risks to the voluntary sector of local government cutbacks and the implications for communities.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Local government audits

In England the process of local government audits - vital for understanding the state of local government finances and ensuring accountability - is in crisis. The LDCR is launching a project to explore the situation and what can be done to fix it.

England & Wales Workstream

Net zero neighbourhoods: Innovative investment at the local level to transform urban living

We chatted with Rufus Grantham, the originator behind net-zero neighbourhoods, aiming to revolutionise 100 European cities by 2030. Transitioning from finance to sustainability, Rufus innovated a model blending private finance with urban retrofitting and suggests that community-wide approaches led by local government are key to sustainable transformation and reaching net zero goals.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog-article
Members & Global Local

Social value and the new Procurement Act – evolution or revolution?

There is growing interest in procurement as a strategic lever to deliver policy objectives such as levelling up and carbon reduction. This briefing explains forthcoming changes for social value arising from the Procurement Act 2023 and provides examples of how councils can include social value in contracts.

England & Wales Briefing With case study

Argyll and Bute Council budget simulator exercise

This article from Argyll and Bute Council unpacks the council’s budget simulator, which they used for the first time last year to raise awareness of the council’s financial and budget-setting challenges. In this piece, Argyll and Bute share the important lessons and insights they gained from running the simulator.

Scotland Blog-article

“Being a local authority Chief Executive is the best job in the world” – Dr Grace Vickers, Solace Scotland Chair

In this interview, Dr Grace Vickers, Solace Scotland Chair and Midlothian Council CEO, discusses current trends and issues in local government with LGIU Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West. Covering the benefits of an education career in local government to facts about local government finance, Vickers shares her expertise and advice for success in the sector.

Scotland Blog-article

Saving local government finance summit

Join us for the "Saving local government finance" summit exclusively for senior officers and councillors from LGIU member councils to come together and share their perspectives and insights on the funding crisis facing councils in England and what changes are required in the first 100 days of the next government.

England & Wales, Global Event