Deputy hits out at 'flawed' business rates system
Cannock Chase DC has expressed disappointment in the way Amazon-style warehouses are treated under the business rates system after it was hit by a revaluation.
Councils losing £250m a year through business rates avoidance
Councils are losing £250m a year due to businesses avoiding paying their rates, new research has found.
Scottish Government resists business rates devolution plan
Public finance minister Kate Forbes has hit out at opposition proposals to devolve control of business rates to Scottish local authorities.
EXCLUSIVE: Government prepares for new rate reliefs
The Government has started to prepare the ground for the introduction of new business rate reliefs after its previous efforts were labelled a ‘shambles’.
Business rates retention pilots come under fire
Piloting of business rates retention has been criticised by local government treasurers.
EXCLUSIVE: 100% business rates retention could be back on agenda
Full retention of business rates could shoot back up the agenda as part of a long-awaited Government review, The MJ understands.
NHS business rates claim rejected by High Court
Councils have successfully defended a claim for billions of pounds of tax relief for NHS trusts.
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th is usually seen as an unlucky day, says Tony Kirkham - but he hopes the next one is 'the first step on a safe transition, starting with a budget settlement which leads to a sustainable future for local government'.
One third of 2017 Scottish revaluation appeals unresolved
Almost three quarters of business rates revaluation appeals in Scotland have so far resulted in no change of value, according to newly-published figures.
Deliver the funds we need to excel
What does the LGA Independent Group want a new Government to deliver on local finances? National lead peer Cllr Mike Haines says his members all want strengthened local communities – and that requires adequate funding.
Councils should be leading the queue for reinvestment
What does the LGA's Labour Group want from a new Government on local finance? Councils' funding must be permanently protected from the vagaries of national Government, argues Cllr Nick Forbes.
Our hope is for financial independence
Conservative councillors are working hard to secure a strong Conservative majority in Parliament that will usher in a new era of financial independence for councils, says LGA Conservative Group leader, Cllr Izzi Seccombe.
‘We are arguing about a system that’s just flawed’
Sir Steve Houghton talks to Ann McGauran about the funding challenges faced by metropolitan districts and urban unitary authorities – and what the next Government needs to deliver to the ‘hardest-hit’ places.
Fielding suggests return to revenue support grant
The president of the Society of County Treasurers, Gary Fielding, has suggested local government should continue to be funded by a revenue support grant.
Is there a better way for business rates?
How keen should councils be to bind themselves to a business rates tax that appears to be in demise both financially and reputationally, asks Gary Fielding
Business rate cut means big questions over funding
Does the future lie in grant funding or business rates retention? Whatever the outcome of the election, the Government will have to provide the answer, says Michael Burton.
Maybe it’s a fresh start for local government
Would the demise of business rates be such a bad thing for local government, asks Heather Jameson
We need 10-year settlements, LGA chairman says
Local government should have 10-year financial settlements to be able to forward plan properly, the Local Government Association (LGA) chairman has suggested.
Surge in number of council tax fraud cases
The number of council tax fraud cases uncovered by local authorities increased by a fifth over the past year, new research has found.
Boris Johnson promises business rates cuts
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Confederation of British Industry annual conference today that a ‘fundamental review’ of business rates will take place should his party win the election.