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PB or not PB: question time for participatory budgeting

Background Participatory budgeting, universally known as PB, famously began in the city of Porto Alegre in Brazil in 1989. Porto Alegre’s population had doubled in the previous 30 years and many of those living in the peripheral areas of the city had no access to basic public services. As in much of South America at…

Scotland Briefing

A new deal for social care

“Adult social care has been ‘unfinished business’ for what now seems forever”, writes LGIU’s head of briefings, Janet Sillett. This blog addresses the chronic problems that undermine adult social care and discusses how the pandemic represents a pivotal moment for reform.

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LGIU Fortnightly 2 March: Still unfinished business

The Covid-19 pandemic has been so profound that it can be easy to forget that local government was in crisis long before coronavirus. Partly as a result of a decade of relentless funding cuts, but also because of an absence of strategic direction in nearly all of the areas most important to councils. Hear from…

England & Wales Podcast Blog
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The role of debt in achieving financial sustainability for local government

John Comrie – Fellow of Certified Practicing Accountants Australasia – draws on his extensive experience working with local government on approaches to achieving financial sustainability, arguing that the sector’s reluctance to use debt at anything like the level it affordably could has consequences for service provision.

Australia Briefing

Unfinished business

Local government has been financially under resourced and the policy agenda has underserved in key areas of service, democracy and community. This latest pillar in our Post-Covid Councils project sets out a blueprint for the thinking we need to generate some vital momentum around these pieces of Unfinished Business.

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Progressing quality assurance in local government

In the following briefing, we examine progress in Ireland following a recent appraisal by the National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC). This continues our coverage of the on-going work of NOAC which is consistently proving to be of interest to both our readers in Ireland and among our international readership.

Ireland Briefing
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Swift Read: A generous or a derisory local government finance settlement?

This swift read looks at the funding provided through the Scottish Local Government Finance Settlement 2021-22, focusing on the main funding streams and the impact on individual councils. It does not seek to explain the mechanics of the settlement (a swift read on that is available here), but it provides a non-technical overview and some…

Scotland Briefing
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Swift Read: Scottish Budget 2021-22 – a budget for uncertain times?

Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes, presented her second Budget to the Scottish Parliament on 28th January 2021. Billed by Miss Forbes as “the most important budget in the history of devolution” the budget has had to be prepared in difficult circumstances. Details of some funding streams will not be finalised until the UK Budget (due 3rd…

Scotland Briefing

A budget for uncertain times – local government funding settlement 2021-22

On Thursday 28th January, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes gave the budget statement to Holyrood, suggesting that this budget was the most important since devolution and the formation of a Scottish Parliament over twenty years ago. LGIU Scotland’s Kim Fellows provides an overview in this blog, with detailed analysis to follow next week.

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