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Viewpoint: 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 […]


LGiU Fortnightly 15th February: Fixing council funding

15 Feb 2019

Councils are facing unprecedented financial pressure and core services are creaking. How did we get here and what needs to happen? In this week’s bumper episode we speak to council leaders, the LGA, SOLACE and experts from the NAO, IFS and CfPS about their reaction to the findings of LGiU’s State of Local Government Finance […]


What do city council treasurers think about council funding?

18 Jan 2019

LGiU partnered with Core Cities and London Councils to host a roundtable discussion on local government finance. Held on 15th January, we welcomed 10 Chief Finance Officers of councils in Core Cities and London Boroughs to hear their views on the current financial situation and what we should be doing as a sector to move […]


LGiU Fortnightly 18th January: 2019, the year of the council (or maybe just Brexit)

18 Jan 2019

What does 2019 hold for local government? Is this the year councils finally get the clarity they desperately need on social care and funding? Although Whitehall is distracted by Brexit, there are some glimmers of hope that other policies are still on the agenda – including the NHS 10 year plan and the Waste Strategy. […]


Charting our own course

17 Jan 2019

2019 was supposed to be the year that we start to get some visibility on the way forward on some of our most intractable challenges but is that likely in a year that already looks to be consumed by Brexit, asks Jonathan Carr-West.


The (local) state we’re in

20 Nov 2018

Does it matter if local government fails? Well obviously at LGiU we think it does, writes Jonathan Carr-West. But, why?


LGiU Fortnightly 2nd November: Singin’ the Budget blues?

2 Nov 2018

Pleasantly surprising or deeply disappointing? Cause for optimism or despair? Welcome extra cash or hush money? Listen to Jennifer and Jonathan lay out their very different views on the Chancellor’s Budget announcements this week – from potholes to social care, high street regeneration to business rate reliefs. We also bring you highlights from our member-only […]