Just a lull in the funding storm?
David Phillips examines the choices the next Government will face, including whether (and how much) to raise taxes. What it decides could have big implications for councils and those who rely on their services.
How are we going to make spending vows a reality?
As the main political parties toss around their policy promises and spending pledges, they face a huge dilemma, says Heather Jameson. Just how much are they willing to raise taxes – or devolve them – to fix this?
Business rates reforms will only help richest authorities, report finds
Two-thirds of councils will see their income fall in real terms by 2025 due business rates reforms, research has found today.
Seven Ways to ‘Fix’ £billions of Government Grant Money
Over eight years the local government funding formula has shifted money from poor to rich, from North to South, from inner to outer London and from urban to rural areas, says Cllr Graham Chapman. ‘The poorer the area the more it has lost.’
MPs slam 'broken' business rates system
The Government needs to be ‘curious, proactive and creative’ in exploring alternative options to business rates, MPs have said.
What will it take to bite the bullet on finance?
A new report has called for a 'levelling up' - not just of devo deals, but a rebalancing of the North/South divide, says Heather Jameson - and 'now it seems the carrot is to offer the option of local government reorganisation'.
4 wheel drive woman on... business rates
Tarquin, do stop complaining. You know we need to start the Christmas shopping now or there simply will not be enough time to get everything done. I need to leave most of December for spa days, or I just will be utterly exhausted.
LGA calls for 'full assessment' of funding needs
Whitehall should commit to a ‘full assessment’ of the overall funding needs of the sector in the Spending Review and guarantee to fully fund them, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
One magic wish for change
The answers given by prospective strategic directors of resources and place to the question of what one law or change they would want the Government to make - and why - gave the interviewers at Stroud DC food for thought, says Kathy O'Leary.
Chancellor urged to scrap inflationary business rates rise
The chancellor has been urged to scrap an increase in business rates in the Autumn Budget, following warnings it will add more than £536m to the business rates burden.
It’s a fiscal drag
If we are ever going to unlock the benefits and freedoms that fiscal devolution could engender in localities, we have to set out what the political problem is, writes Jonathan Werran.
Engaging with our partners
We need to be engaging in a better way with local businesses in our areas so they understand how local authorities work, says Adele Taylor.
We can't tackle climate change alone
This summer, councillors in Craven voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency – joining a couple of hundred other local authorities across the country.
Councils clamp down on rate collection with bailiffs
Councils sent bailiffs to 310 company premises a day last year due to business rate-related arrears, a new study has suggested.
Stinging criticism over ministry's double rates error
Labour has launched a scathing attack as the Government continues to drag its heels over resolving repeated errors in the business rates formula.
Pilots testing 75% business rates retention to come to an end
Pilots testing 75% business rates retention will come to an end, with no new pilots planned for 2020/21.
Re-engaging business and boroughs
The Charter for Business sets out London boroughs’ commitment to growing the city’s economy for the benefit of all who live there. Cllr Clare Coghill looks at how to enable the dialogue between business and boroughs required to make this happen.
London Councils lays out its funding priorities ahead of the spending round
In the run up to the spending round, London Councils sets out its priorities for the capital, including an above inflation increase in local government funding next year and additional investment to close the gap in children's social care funding.
Districts are still waiting for those funding assurances
The opening of the Treasury's purse since the new Prime Minister came into office may augur well for district councils and the rest of local government, says Ian Miller.
Social enterprise can play a part in reshaping our high streets
Nicola Steuer explains how the School for Social Entrepreneurs and its partners are using a new form of grant funding called Match Trading aimed at focusing social enterprises and community businesses on growth