Doomed to success?
The snap election has shunted full business rates retention into the sidings. But does the sector now face delay or abandonment of what had been slated as the biggest revolution in local government finance for generations? Jonathan Werran reports.
The sector must be heard
Mark Rogers says campaigning in the run-up to June’s General Election and the ongoing Brexit process must not overshadow the countless agendas that genuinely affect people’s lives.
‘Delay rollout of 100% rates retention by at least a year’
The rollout of 100% business rates retention should be pushed back by at least a year, the chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has urged.
Business rates retention future 'unclear'
A think-tank has questioned whether plans for 100% business rates retention will make it back onto Parliament’s agenda after the General Election.
LGA lending support to rates avoidance issue
Ministers have agreed to work with the Local Government Association (LGA) to reduce business rates avoidance.
Don’t let the election derail public sector reforms
As another General Election looms, Heather Jameson says there are a host of domestic policy challenges which lead directly to local government’s door.
Election casts doubt on 100% retention plan
Plans to roll out 100% business rates retention from April 2019 have been thrown into the air by the calling of the General Election.
Think-tank calls for fiscal devolution
Council tax and business rates in Scotland should be devolved in full to local authorities, a think-tank has argued.
‘Ludicrous’ current council tax situation needs to be tackled
An ex-chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) has called for a government-commissioned independent review of council tax to address the ‘ludicrous existing situation’.
A helping hand to our public sector friends
Cllr Simon Blackburn explains why Blackpool Council decided to loan £9.2m to its local NHS trust.
London in bid to influence design of local growth zones
London is bidding to create local growth zones (LGZ) that would allow areas to keep all of the benefits at reset under 100% business rates retention.
Charities warned to shun rates avoidance schemes
The third sector has been warned not to get involved in business rates avoidance schemes after a charity was caught out and had to close.
Finance overhaul risks exposed
Auditors have warned some councils will struggle to raise enough cash to deliver statutory services under current plans for 100% business rates retention.
Cornwall to demand more rate relief powers
More powers and flexibilities around rate reliefs and public health will be demanded by Cornwall Council as it heads into negotiations for a 2018/19 pilot.
PHE’s role in doubt
Public Health England’s (PHE) role after 100% business rates retention is rolled out remains unclear, according to the chief executive of the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH).
We need to talk about the state of the state
We are trying to pay for public services with a tax system based on property and full-time employment as we shift to online shopping and the gig economy, writes Heather Jameson.
Ringfenced grant will help bridge gap
Failing to acknowledge deprivation levels and the health of the pop-ulation when devising the business rates redistribution formula will amplify inequalities, the chief executive of the Association of Directors of Public Health has warned.
The Budget reaffirms the need for fiscal freedom
Bob Neill examines the details of the chancellor’s Budget and looks at why local government needs more fiscal devolution.
Evaluating rate revaluations
Alex Jones urges the Government to move quickly to ensure the business rates system is fairer, more accurate and less volatile.
Will the figures actually add up?
Michael Burton looks at key public finance issues highlighted in the Institute for Fiscal Studies' post-Budget briefing.