In this article, Dr Greg Stride, from the LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre, picks out some key lessons from our recent report on local government finance in Japan.
The Accounts Commission has recently published its 2022-23 Financial Bulletin on council finances. This briefing picks out some of the key findings of the bulletin for 2022-23, looks at how budget and demand pressures are feeding through to 2023-24 and identifies some of the challenges for 2024-25 and beyond.
Britain’s public services are crumbling under unprecedented pressure, according to the latest performance tracker from the IfG and CIPFA. In recent years, Covid-19, political instability, inflation and strikes have brought services to breaking point, but the underlying problems stem from systematic underinvestment and short term decision making.
This briefing – the first in a two-part series – is essential background reading to Scottish Government’s announcement of an upcoming “fundamental” Council Tax reform. It delves into the unfair and regressive nature of Council Tax, emphasises the necessity for reform, and highlights the key drivers for change in 2024.
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 Japan.
Join our experts from the Local Democracy Research Centre for an exclusive briefing on the results of our 2024 state of local government finance survey.
This briefing looks at the prospects for local government following the pre-Christmas publication of 2024-25 Scottish Budget and Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement.
This briefing brings together some insights from previous LGIU content on long-term financial sustainability and highlights the ongoing challenges facing the sector in Australia.
After an eventful year for Scottish local government in 2023, we have mapped out some of the key policy areas for the sector in 2024 to identify the pinch points and priorities for Scotland’s 32 councils over the next 12 months. Sign up for FREE to read.
Against a backdrop where public finances face the greatest challenges since devolution, we break down the highlights and implications for local government. Today’s budget may indicate troubled waters ahead for the 2024/25 Local Government Finance Order and Budget setting process.