Government backtrack over staircase tax
The Government has appeared to backtrack on a commitment to ‘fully compensate’ the sector for the loss of income due to changes in business rates.
Placing faith in the pilots
From this month, a second wave of pilots have started 100% rates retention. Neil Amin-Smith and David Phillips from the Institute for Fiscal Studies examine the Government’s claims regarding these pilots.
The funding system must prevent unsustainable funding and misaligned incentives
Richard Flinton on the Association of County Chief Executives submission to the fairer funding consultation.
Government announces business rates review
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced a review of the business rates system will be led by Andrew Hudson.
Business rates pilot payout proves costly to the sector
Local authorities are missing out on millions of pounds because of an £870m cash boost to business rate pilot councils, according to a study today from the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) think-tank.
Government could intervene in tier splits row
The Government could be left to intervene to settle the thorny issue of business rates tier splits under 75% retention, The MJ understands.
Two-tier split issue to be decided
Work to thrash out how two-tier areas will split the cash from 75% business rates retention is expected to take place throughout the spring and summer.
LGA seeks cash to defend legal claim
The Local Government Association (LGA) is seeking financial support from across the sector as it prepares for a legal fight with NHS trusts over rates relief.
Details of ministry error will come in the summer, says Sunak
Local government minister Rishi Sunak has said a breakdown of £36m in overpayments made to 28 authorities following a Whitehall calculation error will form part of his department’s annual report this summer.
Senior figures united in bid for increased sector funding
Local government bodies have discussed jointly lobbying ministers over much-needed investment amid fears the scramble for a fair funding deal could tear apart the sector.
IFS implores action over growing social care funding chasm
The Government will need to scrap its funding reforms, significantly boost top-ups or centralise care if it is to plug the social care funding gap, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned today.
Javid orders review after second finance mistake
The Government has ordered a review after being forced to admit a second mistake in as many months in the way it calculates council payments.
Chancellor misses yet another opportunity
Steve Houghton says time is fast running out for local government finance.
Hammond offers little respite for council finances
Council finances were offered little respite in chancellor Philip Hammond’s Spring Statement.
Councils to share risk of business rates appeals
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is looking to develop a ‘centralised risk-sharing system’ under which councils would share the burden of business rates appeals, local government minister Rishi Sunak has said.
Clearing the complexities to make rates retention work
The latest figures from the Institute of Fiscal Studies highlight the huge complexities of implementing 100% business rates retention, writes Heather Jameson.
Cash divide fears over business rates retention
Business rates retention could create even bigger divides between the income and needs of local authorities, new figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) have revealed today.
Greens call for council tax and business rates reform
Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, has called for a replacement of the current system of council tax and reform of business rates.
Hotel levy talks over Commonwealth Games
Talks between Birmingham City Council and the Government over how the Commonwealth Games will be funded are continuing, The MJ understands.
Sunak steps up pressure on peer challenge
New local government minister Rishi Sunak has said Whitehall is 'very keen' that every council hosts a corporate peer challenge.