Topic: Finance

Local government funding and financial management.

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House price inflation in Ireland – How serious is it?

Over the past 20 years, the rate of house prices in Ireland has far exceeded general inflation. Certain periods have been particular volatility, including dramatic acceleration in 2021 and into 2022. This briefing provides a comprehensive overview of prevailing conditions in Ireland.

Ireland Briefing

Case study: Green municipal bonds in Massachusetts, USA

Municipal bonds are a financing tool potentially well suited to address infrastructure investment gaps for local government, having been used by cities in the US to fund large scale, capital-intensive projects since the 1900s. This case study is taken from LGIU’s report Exploring Economic and Enterprise Opportunities from Climate Action.

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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.

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DfE (England) Green Paper: SEND Review: Right support, right place, right time

The UK Government for England has published a consultation on the future shape of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative education provision. The consultation closes at the start of July 2022. This briefing looks in detail at the proposals and what the Government is trying to achieve.

England & Wales Briefing
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Road maintenance (regional and local roads) in Irish local authorities

This is the latest in our series of briefings dealing with the Local Government Audit Service (LGAS) Value for Money (VFM) Reports in Ireland. In particular, we zone in on the January 2022 report, an overview of Road Maintenance (Regional and Local Roads) in Local Authorities.

Ireland Briefing
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Spring Statement 2022 – key announcements for local government

With the UK facing a growing cost of living crisis, compounded by the Ukraine invasion, and inflation soaring at its fastest rate in 30 years, the Chancellor delivered his Spring Statement to Parliament. Key announcements include increased funding for the Household Support Fund, a temporary 5p cut to fuel duty, a £3,000 National Insurance threshold…

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Corporate planning at local and regional level

This is the latest briefing, in our series which deals with the National Oversight Audit Commission (NOAC) reports. This briefing focuses on the review of the corporate plans of both local authorities and regional assemblies for the period 2019- 2024.

Ireland Briefing
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Vulnerable children and early intervention

Local government has a major role in organising and supplying preventative services for children in need. In England, there has been a shift from spending on these services to costlier later interventions. This briefing explores a recent report from the House of Lords Public Services Committee.

England & Wales Briefing
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February Global Local think tank review

The best of the rest. A survey of the freshest thinking on local democracy and governance and all the issues impacting local government worldwide.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Performance targets and linking local government intentions to outputs

Local Government Victoria (LGV) is embarking on a reform program of the Local Government Performance Reporting Framework (LGPRF) to integrate the sector’s performance reporting system. This briefing is focused on the target setting trial being undertaken by LGV, which is part of a three-year implementation process.

Australia Briefing