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Financial resilience! A comparative study of three lower tier authorities in England

Coyle, H. and Ferry, L. (2022) 'Financial resilience! A comparative study of three lower tier authorities in England.', Financial Accountability and Management, 38 (4). pp. 686-702.


Austerity policies have affected local government for over a decade challenging their financial resilience to cope with further financial shocks. Using a financial resilience framework, this paper examines whether lower tier authorities behave in the same way as their higher tier counterparts when it comes to financial resilience to shocks. From a detailed field study of three lower tier (district) authorities in English local government, it is concluded that they do not have the capacity to ‘Bounce Forwards’. They can only ‘Bounce Back’ in the short term and even that is becoming increasingly difficult.

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Publisher statement:© 2022 The Authors. Financial Accountability & Management published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Date accepted:08 August 2022
Date deposited:09 August 2022
Date of first online publication:05 September 2022
Date first made open access:31 March 2023

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