Topic: Finance

Local government funding and financial management.


A Systematic Analysis of Local Government Finance in Japan

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.


Scottish Government Budget 2024-25 – highlights for local government

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.

Scotland Briefing

The state of local government finance in Scotland

This report from the LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre explores the financial pressure that councils are facing from the perspective of those responsible for council finances. It is based on a survey sent to council leaders, chief executives and directors of finance in Scottish local authorities.

England & Wales, Scotland Publication

Participatory Budgeting – what next?

This briefing explores what happened to participatory budgeting around the world during the pandemic and discover where, how and why it survived. It also examines how participatory budgeting has changed since the pandemic and what the future holds.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Key takeaways from the LGIU@40 research symposium

The LGIU research symposium allowed us to reflect on our findings with experts, to map out the future of our research agenda and local government. In this article, we have taken the event’s rich ideas and narrowed them down to three core areas: Where are we now? Where should we be going? How do we…

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog-article