Topic: Finance

Local government funding and financial management.

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What do we know about in-work poverty and can local government help?

‘In-work’ poverty is a growing concern across Scotland, UK and Europe. In the face of it all, local authorities need to find new and innovative ways to maintain service delivery despite inflation, the rising cost of living and increased demand for services. This briefing explores the situation and provides some case study examples.

Scotland Briefing With case study

Budget 2023 – A revolution in childcare?

The 2023 Budget press release proclaims it to be a ‘revolution in childcare’ with a promise to more than double the State’s financial support for the sector by 2026-28. But what actually is the revolution, and will it succeed? LGIU’s John Fowler and Megan Pacey examine the details.

England & Wales Blog-article

Global Local Executive Panel: Finding long-term financial sustainability

LGIU and the Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA) are thrilled to gather together senior executives from Ireland, the UK and Australia to explore the long-term financial sustainability and stability of local government.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Event
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England’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Improvement Plan

The UK Government’s Improvement Plan on the future shape of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision (AP) in England was published on 2 March 2023. The Plan follows a Green Paper consultation launched a year earlier. This briefing looks in detail at the proposals and what the Government is trying to achieve.

England & Wales Briefing

The state of local government finance 2023: survey results

To better understand the true picture of council finances in England, the Local Democracy Research Centre surveyed chief executives, directors of finance, and council leaders and cabinet members on topics related to local government finance.

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Cost of living pressures – Councils step up to the plate

The cost of living crisis has hit Scottish households hard while local government services are under immense and growing pressure. However, there are a number of ways in which local government is rising to the challenges that these financial difficulties bring. This briefing shares projects and services that councils are delivering for communities under pressure.

Scotland Briefing With case study

Council Tax – happy 30th anniversary or time for a change?

Ahead of the annual setting of council tax rates and in light of the 30th anniversary of the introduction of council tax in the UK, Michael Orton from the University of Warwick discusses the various options for updating the UK’s council tax system while evaluating the pros and cons of each.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog-article
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Exploring alternate approaches to rate-pegging/capping: the differences matter

This briefing is the second in a two-part series which discusses the significance of recent developments in the implementation of rate-pegging/capping policies in New South Wales and Victoria and presents the case for alternative ways to achieve the political objectives of state governments.

Australia Briefing With case study