Sunak calls for prevention funding
A minister has promised to press for more money for preventative services in the Government’s Spending Review.
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.
Councils left with supermarket bill worth millions
Councils will have to refund supermarkets millions of pounds in business rates following a ruling at the Appeal Court.
Ministers to look at closing tax loophole
A loophole that could be costing English local authorities millions in lost council tax is to be reviewed by ministers.
Turbo-charging London’s digital future
The business rates retention scheme pilot has delivered a £47m funding boost to London’s digital infrastructure. This ‘targeted and strategic investment’ means local leaders can deliver increased growth and transformation, writes Phillip Glanville
Budget 2018: Rates cut for high street
Business rates for small high street retailers in England will be cut by one-third over the next two years, the chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.
Budget 2018: Google and Amazon to be hit by new tax
The chancellor announces a new UK digital services tax aimed at giants such as Google and Amazon
Budget 2018: Cash for care could be swallowed up by rates relief
Chancellor Phillip Hammond is expected to announce nearly a billion pounds for social care in an austerity-busting budget later today.
Finance settlement to be brought forward
Whitehall has agreed to bring forward the local government finance settlement after an independent review.
Dawes invites tourism tax call
Marsham Street has given its clearest indication yet that it could be open to considering council calls for a tourism tax.
SOLACE Summit: Dawes rejects NHS cash grab idea
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) top civil servant has encouraged council chief executives to be bold in their asks from Whitehall.
IPPR backs radical tax reforms
Replacing council tax with a new property tax could help tackle wealth inequality, a new report has claimed.
London Councils calls for cross-departmental look at pressures
The Government should heed the advice of other departments beyond the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) when it comes to making spending decisions, London Councils has argued.
Where's the debate over business rates?
We haven’t any money, announces local government. Absolute tosh, pronounces ministerial department spokesman – you have £200bn a year to spend. Lawrence Conway wonders where we are on business rates.