Topic: Finance

Local government funding and financial management.



Anatomy of a budget: Reflections on housing

This briefing looks at the main changes in the recent Budget and the implications for housing policy in Ireland. This briefing carries on from an LGIU’s full Budget coverage published after the Budget release and contains more details about wider policy areas.

Ireland Briefing

A system wide analysis of local government finance in Italy

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 Italy.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Publication

Collection: Global budget coverage and analysis

This collection showcases a range of LGIU work on current and past budgets across England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia. It has plenty of key resources to offer for staff and councillors in public services looking into current budgets, the implications budgets have on local government, and budget trends over previous years.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Publication

Best Value Regime – supporting sustainable local government

This briefing summarises the Audit Commission’s Best Value in Scotland report, which looks at the impact of twenty years of auditing Best Value and the Commission’s plans to overhaul the current Best Value regime to help strengthen the financial sustainability of Scottish councils.

Scotland Briefing

Insights from the 2024 Budget for Irish local government: Is it happy days?

This briefing examines the local implications of the 2024 Budget, which will not generally be covered in the national media. Those parts, like housing, planning, transport, and climate change policy, will have a significant impact on the local government sector in 2024 and beyond, as we explore in this overview of the budget announcement.

Ireland, Northern Ireland Briefing

England policy round-up: August and September 2023

Our England policy round-up services overview the key policy announcements and publications for local government.  The latest edition includes the government’s recent announcement to change the net zero by 2050 plans, the integration of Local Enterprise Partnership functions into local authorities, a paper on making better use of data around electric vehicle charge points, and…

England & Wales Briefing

IFS Deaton Inequality Review: the distribution of public service spending

In May 2019, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) launched the IFS Deaton Review on Inequality, described as a “five-year study of the inequalities in society”. This latest briefing covers ‘The distribution of public service spending’ report, published in May 2023. 

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Councils on notice: does a section 114 mean bankruptcy for local government?

Last week Birmingham City Council issued a section 114 notice, joining a number of other authorities that have failed to balance their books over the past two years. With other authorities expected to follow this year and next, this article examines what it means for local government.

England & Wales Blog-article

Basic Income: Trials and barriers

Basic Income is a radical idea with a long history and a lot of currency in a world confronting structural financial issues. Divorcing income from the requirement to work would impact the labour market and the welfare state. This case study article looks at the policy in detail and the implications it may hold.

Global Blog-article With case study

Birmingham blues: thoughts from an Irish onlooker

The view from Ireland looks bleak:  Dr Seán Ó’Riordáin gives his take on Birmingham City Council’s section 114 notice. He reflects on the perilous state of local government finance in the UK particularly in light of international research from LGIU

England & Wales, Global, Ireland Blog-article