Local government funding and financial management.



Avoiding financial failure and providing stability for English councils

The PAC report on prospects for local government finance is certainly timely. It looks back on how MHCLG engaged with councils as Covid-19 took hold, examines how a significant funding gap developed, and makes recommendations for the future – focusing on learning lessons and the need for financial stability.

England & Wales Briefing

Fit for the future

This blog provides information on LGIU’s new Future of Local Government Review – a survey designed to understand the sector’s needs moving forward – and highlights how you can take part.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog

Swift Read: Scottish councils’ financial sustainability at risk?

This swift read outlines the findings of a recently published Accounts Commission Overview report on the impact of Covid-19 on Scottish councils and their communities. The report uses case studies to highlight the challenges and threats to the financial sustainability of Scottish councils at a time when future funding levels remain uncertain. It is planned…

Scotland Briefing

The coroner service and control of expenditure

This is the next briefing in the series briefly examining the Local Government Audit Service (LGAS) Value for Money (VFM) reports. LGIU briefly examines the LGAS’s 31st national VFM report on a VFM study on the control of expenditure and financial management procedures within local authorities relating to the Coroner Service and the appointment of…

Ireland Briefing

Primer time for new councillors

Our new series of primers should help recently elected councillors understand more about key council services, writes Janet Sillett.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

Primer: the essentials of local government finance in England

This primer is designed to provide newly-elected councillors with a short, non-technical introduction to the main features of local government finance in England, but should also be useful to others new to local government or wanting to find out more about finance.

England & Wales Publication

Audit of local government – how are councils performing?

The New South Wales Auditor-General’s Report on Local Government 2020 provides the result of the annual financial audit of the sector. LGiU Australia provides a summary of this key report not only for NSW councils, but also to allow councils in other states to consider similar issues.

Australia Briefing

Victorian Local Government Audits: Findings and Implications

The Victorian Auditor-General recently presented his 2019-20 audit report to Parliament. This briefing focusses on the results, with a particular focus on the sector’s financial performance, position, and financial sustainability in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australia Briefing

Review of the rate peg to include population growth

This briefing provides an outline of the recently-released discussion paper looking into the Review of the Rate Peg to Include Population Growth, as part of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) review of the NSW rate peg.

Australia Briefing