Topic: Finance

Local government funding and financial management.


Members & Global Local

Lessons from Finland’s social and healthcare reform experience

Sharing the preliminary findings from Finland’s social and healthcare reforms, this briefing highlights opportunities for learning from the current experience, especially with regard to financial impacts.

Global, Scotland Briefing With case study

Local Government Finance in Germany – different but equally challenged

This article explores how the recent work of LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre on the finance system in England and Germany, highlights the clear differences in structure, responsibility and self-financing capacity when compared to the system in Ireland, and points to challenges which will have a resonance with Irish Elected Members and Officials.

Ireland Blog-article
Members & Global Local

Finding long-term financial sustainability

This briefing summarises our recent LGIU & VLGA Global Local Executive Panel, interrogates the topic of financial sustainability in local governments, and offers key insights into how council Chief Executives in the UK, Ireland and Australia face the growing challenge of sustainable local government finance.

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

A system wide perspective of local government finance in Germany

This report focuses on the local government funding system in Germany. It is part of ongoing research by the LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre comparing funding systems in different countries.

England & Wales, Global, Northern Ireland, Scotland Publication

England policy round-up: June and July 2023

This policy round-up for England looks at the most relevant and recent announcements and publications during June and July. Government announcements included the third National (Climate) Adaptation Plan, information on the role of the new Office for Local Government, and plans to simplify the funding landscape for local authorities.

England & Wales Briefing

Collection: Local government finance – international lessons

International research and lessons on local government finance. What are the challenges? What are the potential solutions and how can we ensure a sustainable future for local government?

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

Local government finance: a comparative study

The Local Democracy Research Centre has commissioned experts at the University of Northumbria, led by Dr Kevin Muldoon-Smith, to look at how local government is funded in different countries around the world. This is an introduction to that research with an overview to the funding systems in England, Germany, Italy and Japan.

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