LGiU and The MJ have run the State of Local Government Finance Survey every January since 2012 to coincide with councils setting their annual budgets. The results give a snapshot of the key pressures facing councils and the impact of ongoing financial uncertainty on their communities.
The survey was sent to senior decision-makers at each of England’s 353 councils (Council Leaders, Chief Executives, Cabinet Members for Finance/Resources and Directors of Finance/Resources) between 9th January and 5th February 2019.
This year the LGiU received 158 responses from 123 individual councils, meaning that over a third of English councils are represented in the results. The LGiU also received responses from a broad cross-section of councils, encompassing county, district and unitary authorities, a mixture of political control, and all regions.