Government to look again at rates revaluation
Sajid Javid has promised to work with the chancellor to support the small businesses that will be hit hardest by the rates revaluation.
Other taxes must now be localised along with business rates
The Government must logically now look at localising a much wider range of tax along with business rates if it is to continue withdrawing grant funding, writes Michael Burton.
Glasgow plans £30m TIF deal
Glasgow City Council is to develop a £30m tax incremental finance (TIF) package to fund the development of a new innovation district.
Council buys Tesco site for £43.5m
Rotherham MBC has bought a former Tesco store, which will form a key part of a £43.5m regeneration project.
London borough faces legal review of regeneration vehicle
Haringey LBC is facing a possible judicial review of its controversial decision to transfer £2bn in assets to a public-private regeneration vehicle.
‘Turbo charged’ skills levy needed to boost economies
Cross-party mayoral candidates this week called for a £5.1bn skills levy on businesses to ‘turbo charge’ areas such as the Northern Powerhouse.
Public service plans raise ‘significant’ concerns
A row has broken out between Lancashire CC and local NHS bodies after ‘significant concerns’ were raised about controversial public service transformation proposals.
Shapps wades into revaluation row
A former local government minister has waded into the ongoing row over business rates revaluation.
Business rate reforms 'could be illegal'
Business leaders believe the Government’s planned block on appeals against incorrect rates valuations may be ‘illegal’ and have urged Whitehall to rethink its policy.
Authorities’ spending on outsourced IT is up 75%
Local authority spending on outsourced IT services soared by 75% last year, new figures have suggested.
Blackpool’s business loan fund increases to £100m
Blackpool Council has significantly increased the value of its business loan fund to help local companies create jobs and growth.
Green light for £1.2bn CCR deal
The £1.2bn Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) City Deal has been given the green light after securing the support of a tenth and final council.
MPs say ‘no’ to rates levy spend for housing
MPs have rejected calls to allow the infrastructure levy to be spent on housing under 100% business rates retention.
IR35: authorities urged to use interim solutions
Councils which use contractors have been urged to make use of temporary systems while they assess whether their practices comply with strict incoming employment rules.
Tenants urge council to ditch partnership plan
Haringey LBC tenants have urged the authority to ditch its planned ‘hand over’ of £2bn in assets to a public-private partnership.
New trio 'force to be reckoned with'
Corporate director of North Yorkshire CC, Richard Webb, has described the council’s new trio of senior leaders in health and adult services as a ‘force to be reckoned with’.
A successful path
John Jory explains how Reigate & Banstead BC is working with the private sector to improve the health of its residents and generate extra income
Cities had better get geared up to lead the UK’s export drive
In a few years the UK will be in a very different business environment, and cities need to be prepared for it, writes Michael Burton.
Charities probed over business rates avoidance
Five charities are being investigated for putting their funds at risk due to suspected business rates avoidance, it has been disclosed.
Authorities ditch LACC plans
Two district councils in the South West are looking to drop plans to establish a company to deliver services.