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. This online training session is designed to provide elected councillors with a thorough grounding in the key elements of local government finance and funding.
A budget of rosy forecasting and difficult decisions, can the Scottish budget deliver for local government?
This briefing is focussed on the 2020-21 local government audit results, with a particular focus on the sector’s financial performance, position, and financial sustainability in light of the COVID-19 pandemic’s continued impact on the sector. It will be of interest to councillors, CEOs and senior executives.
This briefing explores the comprehensive ‘National State of the Assets’ report was recently released by the Australian Local Government Association based on survey responses from most municipal authorities. The findings indicate many councils still do not have AMPs in place.
Alice Creasy and Kim Fellows offer their initial thoughts on the Scottish Government’s Budget; more detailed analysis will follow for LGIU members very soon.
In this briefing, Gerard Lind explores how open space and affordable housing contributions work and who really pays – spoiler alert, it’s not simply passed on to homebuyers as many in the housing and development industry would have you believe.
This briefing looks in more depth at some of the funding implications for local government from the Autumn 2021 Budget and Spending Review and complements other LGIU coverage of the Budget including briefings on the economic and fiscal impact, and the implications for local economic growth and placemaking.
The early years and childcare round-up summarises new policy, research and publications including government policy announcements, statistics, major research reports and consultations.
State and Federal COVID-19 stimulus grants continue to provide additional funding for local government infrastructure projects. This briefing looks at some critical considerations local governments need to address before they go all in on grant applications and developing business cases for infrastructure projects.
The Irish Government has published its ambitious plan for climate action and local authorities will have a big role to play. This briefing examines in broad detail the actions in the plan and how they relate to the local government system.