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Local Government Finance Policy Manager

Starting salary: £46,794 rising to £53,796 over time (Band D)

There has never been a more exciting or challenging time to be involved in local government finance. We are in a period of significant change and opportunity.

Change, because following a decade in which funding reduced by a quarter, councils are now adapting to different delivery models, rising demand for services, the legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic and high inflation.

Opportunity, because London’s boroughs are leading the way in delivering London’s recovery and have a real opportunity to shape how London and its local communities rebuild for the future – including how they are funded.

London’s local councils spend over £8 billion each year on providing vital services to residents and invest billions of pounds of capital each year in housing, schools, parks, and other infrastructure.

London Councils’ Finance policy team works to both defend and advance London’s funding. We must be compelling and persuasive in argument; fully fluent in data and evidence in order to influence government, elected politicians and other key stakeholders.


This role offers a position at the forefront of local government finance in London.

An understanding of local government and the key issues affecting councils is important, as is the ability to learn and grasp new complex concepts quickly.

You will develop policy arguments and lobby on behalf of London boroughs in order to influence funding decisions made by Government that impact on local government services, including responding to Government consultations and influencing civil servants in Whitehall.

You will have excellent data analysis and research skills, be an innovative thinker and bring new ideas to the table in supporting colleagues to develop policy positions across a range of local government services.

It is important that you are politically aware with the ability to exercise judgement, discretion and confidentiality when dealing with politicians and officers at all levels.

London Councils is a collective of local government in London. We aim to get the best deal for Londoners and to ensure that London’s councils have the resources, freedoms and powers to do the best possible job for their residents and local businesses. We also run several services on behalf of the boroughs including the Freedom Pass, Taxicard and Health Emergency Badge.

Find out what it is like to work at London Councils


Closing Date:  20th March 2023 (12pm)

Interviews:  Week commencing 27th March 2023.

London Councils is an equal opportunities employer. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the post.

You must have the right to work in the UK. London Councils is unfortunately unable to offer sponsorship visas. Evidence for the right to work in the UK will be

Local Government Finance Policy Manager

London Councils
London, UK
3 - 5 years of experience
£46,794 rising to £53,796 over time (Band D)

Published on 24 Mar 2023

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