Business rates

  • Cornwall to demand more rate relief powers

    22 March 2017

    More powers and flexibilities around rate reliefs and public health will be demanded by Cornwall Council as it heads into negotiations for a 2018/19 pilot.

  • PHE’s role in doubt

    22 March 2017

    Public Health England’s (PHE) role after 100% business rates retention is rolled out remains unclear, according to the chief executive of the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH).

  • We need to talk about the state of the state

    14 March 2017

    We are trying to pay for public services with a tax system based on property and full-time employment as we shift to online shopping and the gig economy, writes Heather Jameson.

  • Ringfenced grant will help bridge gap

    14 March 2017

    Failing to acknowledge deprivation levels and the health of the pop-ulation when devising the business rates redistribution formula will amplify inequalities, the chief executive of the Association of Directors of Public Health has warned.

  • The Budget reaffirms the need for fiscal freedom

    14 March 2017

    Bob Neill examines the details of the chancellor’s Budget and looks at why local government needs more fiscal devolution.

  • Evaluating rate revaluations

    14 March 2017

    Alex Jones urges the Government to move quickly to ensure the business rates system is fairer, more accurate and less volatile.

  • Will the figures actually add up?

    14 March 2017

    Michael Burton looks at key public finance issues highlighted in the Institute for Fiscal Studies' post-Budget briefing.

  • Where next for council budgets under siege?

    14 March 2017

    Government policies have done little to ease budget pressures. Norma Atlay asks whether it is time to review the councillor-to-electorate ratio.

  • Scots’ local government funding ‘uncertain’

    14 March 2017

    The funding outlook for local government in Scotland remains uncertain and raises questions about which services councils can continue to deliver, a think-tank has warned.

  • Setting a strategy for the finance revolution

    09 March 2017

    Local authorities must not wait for further details on business rates retention before developing their strategy, writes Jo Killian.

  • Budget 2017: Chancellor announces rescue package for care

    08 March 2017

    Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled his final Spring Budget, offering a £2bn cash boost for social care in a bid to rescue councils from the care crisis.

  • Budget 2017: Hammond announces £435m business rate package

    08 March 2017

    Local authorities will be able to access a £300m fund in order to ease business rate revaluation challenges in their local areas, chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.

  • Gearing up for the rate debate

    08 March 2017

    James Maker outlines the importance of county authorities in achieving a balanced business rate system and looks ahead to the contentious debate about tier-splits.

  • How business rate reforms will hit councils

    08 March 2017

    David Phillips examines the drawbacks of proposed reforms to the business rates system

  • The revaluation row is a harbinger of controversies to come

    08 March 2017

    Michael Burton warns revaluation raises wider questions as to whether the current incentive to increase local business rate income is a sensible method.

  • Councils may lose out on growth after 100% rates retention

    08 March 2017

    Councils on the cusp of redistribution thresholds after 100% business rates retention could be discouraged from chasing economic growth, a top economist has warned.

  • London rate rises to top up the North

    06 March 2017

    London councils’ business rate tariffs are to rise by £400m to £730m a year, to top up income elsewhere, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

  • MPs call for rates and LEP reviews

    03 March 2017

    MPs have called for separate government reviews of local enterprise partnerships (LEP) and the business rates system as part of the industrial strategy.

  • Finding the best way to commercialise

    02 March 2017

    Philip Monaghan argues that income generation with a social purpose is the best way for local authorities to commercialise.

  • Bringing people along with us

    28 February 2017

    In his first public interview since taking over the helm at think-tank NLGN, Adam Lent speaks to Sam Clayden about his vision for the future of local government.