Topic: Finance

Local government funding and financial management.


Central government needs to stand back

As the country faces the fall-out from Brexit, a second wave and limited funding for councils, Jonathan Carr-West predicts doom and gloom this autumn if central government doesn’t stand back and allow local government to take the lead in his latest column for the Municipal Journal.

England & Wales, Global Blog Post Blog

Top of the class: budgeting the Bristol way

Last year, the process by which Bristol formed its 2020/21 Budget was described as best practice by the Head of Consultancy of the Centre for Public Scrutiny. So what is it that Bristol is doing right? In this blog, Cllr Clive Stevens talks us through the process.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Fear and Loaning

Niall Alexander, Affordable Credit Consultant and Associate with the Carnegie UK Trust, writes on how the pandemic has affected loans, outlining new findings from Carnegie UK Trust and Community Finance Solutions’ survey of not-for-profit affordable credit lenders.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Online Training: Local Government Finance Series

Every elected councillor is responsible for ensuring that their council has effective financial governance, yet local government finance is viewed by many as difficult to get to grips with. These online training sessions are designed to provide elected councillors with a thorough grounding in the key elements of local government finance and funding.

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How are local government budgets responding to COVID-19?

Local governments are under pressure from their communities to minimise rate increases and provide stimulus packages for their local economies during the COVID-19 pandemic. This briefing is focussed on how Victorian local governments have responded to COVID-19 in their 2020-21 budgets, based on a survey undertaken by Local Government Finance Professionals, a peak body that…

Australia Briefing With case study

Business Rates Review: Call for Evidence

Towards the end of July, H.M. Treasury published a Call for Evidence as part of the review of business rates announced in Budget 2020. We consider whether there is anything new in it and what councils could do to respond to it.

England & Wales Briefing

A more inclusive approach to economic strategy for local communities

This briefing introduces the concept of Community Wealth Building: an inclusive model for economic development focussed on creating sustainable local economies that generate wealth and keep that wealth circulating in the local economy

Australia Briefing

Outsourcing: when should services be brought inhouse?

More services are being provided in-house by local and central government, with Covid-19 accelerating the move away from outsourcing. But has outsourcing really had its day? A new Institute for Government report sets out what councils should ask when deciding whether to insource.

England & Wales Briefing