Waiting for Godot and the Social Care Green Paper
Public finances are outperforming expectations, but the post-spring statement briefing from the Institute for Fiscal Studies highlighted the need to sort out taxation and those other topics that did not get into the speech. Heather Jameson reports.
Financial chiefs need to be bridge builders and broadcasters
Finance 'needs to be a visible force' as planning begins for beyond 2020, says Adele Taylor.
Government resists pressure to speed up appeals review
The Government has resisted pressure to bring forward a review on business rate appeals to address persistent problems in the system.
Three-year rates revaluation cycle to come to Scotland
The Scottish Government will introduce a three-year business rates revaluation cycle to ensure the system responds to changing economic conditions.
Business rates 'creaking at the seams'
Business rates as a tax is ‘creaking at the seams and in need of reform,’ London Councils has told the Government.
MPs pile pressure on Government over business rates reform
MPs have urged ministers to assess specific proposals for reforming business rates by the autumn.
DCN calls for rates retention delay
The District Councils’ Network (DCN) has called for a one-year delay in the implementation of 75% business rates retention until 2021/22.
Business rates plans are 'confusing and imprecise' - finance experts
Finance experts have hit out at Government plans for business rates retention, claiming they are ‘confusing, imprecise and internally inconsistent’.
Business rates inquiry launched by MPs
MPs are to look at alternatives to business rates as part of an inquiry.
Let's work as one sector on fair funding
Jill Penn says we're nearing the time when we will be discussing the next part of the fair funding debate with our county colleagues. Her hope is that we can continue to work as one sector - and with a clear focus on our residents
Lords warn services face ‘evisceration’ without radical change
Lords have warned ministers of the ‘evisceration’ of local government unless funding is overhauled.
Sunak calls for prevention funding
A minister has promised to press for more money for preventative services in the Government’s Spending Review.
As finance experts we need to stand firm in what we believe is right
John Betts' new year wish for finance staff is that the profession reinvigorates itself and starts to push back a bit against the death of expert knowledge and analysis
Fair funding: no simple solutions
At best, the fair funding review will bring short-term improvements for some councils while pushing others to the brink – and is ultimately built on shaky foundations, argues Dr Martin Reeves
VOA to appeal cash machines ruling
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) wants to appeal to the Supreme Court after a judge ruled shop-based cash machines were exempt from separate business rates.
Court of Appeal Faraday Judgment: An amber light for unprocured development joint ventures
The Faraday judgment does not mean that councils cannot proceed with unprocured development schemes but it does mean that they should do so with robust legal justification, say Helen Randall and Kavita Roy of Trowers & Hamlins LLP
Tax the internet to save high street, retail bosses tell MPs
The reform of business rates is essential to saving high streets, the country’s top retailers have told MPs.
What about that medium term financial strategy?
Any future funding settlement needs to recognise homelessness and problem prevention in some way, says Jill Penn
Birmingham councillors not told about soaring Paradise costs
The runaway costs of a flagship redevelopment in the centre of Birmingham were not revealed to councillors, a report has revealed.
London leaders call for 'proper' debate on funding
Central Government needs to have a ‘proper conversation’ on public sector funding and put councils on a sustainable footing for the future, London Councils chair, Cllr Peter John, has told The MJ.