More Tinkering with Local Government Finance

“Adopting a strategic approach to local government structure, functions and finance, this article demonstrates how the need for intergovernmental transfers can be minimised and financial autonomy restored to local governments. It argues that central government pays unnecessarily large transfers to local authorities, with the result that the various revenue sources are ‘back to front’ and contrary to the Council of Europe’s European Charter of Local Self-Government.”

This article provides a critical appraisal of the recent consultation papers on local government finance for England and Scotland. Neither consultation paper considers how the need for the provision of public finance from central to local governments can be minimised.

Published in Local Government Studies | S. Bailey | 2003,,