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.
Whitehall remains tight-lipped about 2018/19 rates pilots
Whitehall has refused to disclose details of discussions it has had with potential rate retention pilot areas that could test the new system from 2018/19.
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.
PAC chair to address The MJ’s spring forum
The chair of the powerful Commons Public Accounts Committee is a keynote speaker at The MJ Future Forum which takes place in Hertfordshire next month.
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.
New burdens doctrine to continue
The new burdens doctrine will continue beyond 2020, the Government has confirmed.
How much will change under 100% business rate retention?
Norma Atlay asks whether the new funding system for local government is a case of the emperor's new clothes.
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.
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.
Hodge denies pilot deal to drop tax referendum
Surrey CC leader David Hodge has batted away claims his authority was offered a business rates pilot in return for dropping its council tax referendum.
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.
Call for ‘ability to pay’ model
Shadow local government minister Jim McMahon has called for a new model of council funding based on residents’ ability to pay.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘It’s make or break time’ - annual finance survey
Results of the latest LGiU/The MJ annual finance survey lead to stark warnings on the fiscal future of local government.
‘Incentivising growth’ key to rates retention
The challenge of moving to 100% business rates retention will be how to incentive ‘all kinds of growth,’ Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) president, Jo Miller, has said.
Stymied by out-dated business rates
Heather Jameson argues local government funding must move away from mechanisms of a bygone age.
Assessing the state of the state
Jo Miller says local government must avoid the 'I'm alright Jack' attitude if we are going to realise a Britain that works for everyone with no one left behind.
Time to look at different devolution models
Unfair funding anomalies will continue to grow unless there is a stepped change, writes Pete Moore.
Brexit ‘must work for councils’
Prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit negotiations must secure beneficial access to the European Union’s key markets or local authorities could suffer, experts have warned.