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HCLG Committee finance report informed by LGiU recommendations

21 Aug 2019

Through LGiU’s engagement with the HCLG Select Committee’s recent inquiry into the future of local government finance, we are delighted that the priorities and opinions of our local authority members have been reflected in the Committee’s recommendations to Government. Council funding has been a major focus of LGiU’s policy work for the past two years. […]


Award-winner’s corner: Shane Hebb

12 Aug 2019

Finance and Transformation – Cllr Shane Hebb Cllr Shane Hebb of Thurrock Council recounts his experience of winning the Finance and Transformation award at LGiU’s Cllr Awards  2018 last November. Plus we hear about the important financial and cultural work he has carried out within his council role. What is your proudest achievement as a […]


LGiU Fortnightly 19th July – SoS Local Gov: James Brokenshire & Andrew Gwynne

19 Jul 2019

It’s been a big week at LGiU. We hosted our annual Local Government APPG reception on the beautiful House of Commons terrace and launched the final report from the Local Finance Taskforce. Hear the full keynote speech by Rt Hon James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, in which he acknowledges […]


Local Government APPG Summer Reception 2019 – fixing council funding

19 Jul 2019

On Monday night, the Local Government APPG (for which LGiU provides the secretariat), hosted its annual summer reception on the House of Commons Terrace. It was an evening to celebrate local government but also an opportunity to discuss some of the current challenges facing councils. James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and […]


LGiU Fortnightly 7th June – Tax and the city

7 Jun 2019

Edinburgh Council’s Leader, Cllr Adam Mcvey, is marching the issue of tourism tax all the way to Holyrood. We speak to him about what he’s learned from the process about developing a solid evidence base and reaching out to less-than-enthusiastic stakeholders. Back in London, LGiU spoke before the CLG Select Committee this week about the […]


Caught between a rock and a cliff-face

29 May 2019

Today saw the launch of results from two major investigations into the state of council finances, both of which starkly demonstrate the impossible bind between short and long term pressures. BBC analysis of government figures focused on 11 councils that they believe are in risk of running out of cash, having run down their reserves […]



Can crowdfunding be an alternative to PWLB?

8 May 2019

The UK pioneered the creation of regulated crowdfunding and cumulatively more than £10bn of money has been invested and lent by individuals to businesses, projects and people since its inception in 2004. Karl Harder talks about the potential for local government


Latest from LGiU’s Local Finance Taskforce – April 2019

9 Apr 2019

While the Government and Parliament are deadlocked by Brexit, the crisis in local government deepens by the day. Answers about the future shape of the funding system have yet to materialise, nearly 4 years after Osborne first announced the move to full Business Rate Retention. Meanwhile, councils count down to the April 2020 cut-off, after which […]


Countdown – one year til the financial cliff edge

28 Mar 2019

The official MHCLG figures released this week show that almost all English councils are raising council tax for 2019-20, confirming our findings earlier this year from the LGiU and MJ State of Local Government Finance Survey. The 1st of April marks one year exactly until local government drops off a financial cliff. One year in […]