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.
Business rates cannot fund public health, committee told
It doesn’t make sense to ease councils’ funding pressures using business rates alone because the two are not correlated, local government representatives have stressed.
Stormont criticised for proposal to cut £20m in rates support
Northern Ireland local authority leaders have criticised an ‘anti-investment’ proposal to cut nearly £20m of support from Stormont.
Sunak clears confusion on 100% rates retention
New local government minister Rishi Sunak has affirmed the Government’s commitment to introducing 100% business rates retention after councils were given mixed signals from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
Councils benefit from business rates haul
Two councils have raked in three times more than they expected after using £125,820 of government funding to fight business rates fraud and evasion.
EXCLUSIVE: Government knew provisional settlement was wrong
Whitehall officials rushed out the provisional local government finance settlement days before Christmas despite knowing the figures it was based on were wrong, The MJ has learnt.
Government pacifies rejected pilot bid areas
The Government has insisted there was nothing wrong with the unsuccessful business rates pilot bids it received.
London Councils maintains it wants 100% retention in face of government claim
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) belief that councils do not want 100% business rates retention is wrong, London Councils has maintained.
We're not going to do your work for you, Government tells councils on Grenfell
Local authorities should not expect the Government to do their work for them to make buildings safe, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's (MHCLG) top official has warned.
100% retention pilots 'misleading'
Smith Square’s top officials have labelled the 100% business rate pilots ‘misleading’ for failing to provide full retention of the locally-raised tax.
A leap into the unknown
Sam Clayden guides us through the biggest events of a tumultuous year.
Business rates: reform and devolve
Andrew Carter breaks down the Centre for Cities' latest report on why devolution of the current business rates system falls far short of incentivising long-term economic growth.
Business rates: Improve quality not quantity of commercial space
The Government should encourage local authorities to attract higher-value businesses if they are to benefit from the devolution of business rates, a new report has suggested.
Sector figures call for rates review
Key sector figures have urged the Government to look again at the impact of the growing digital economy on business rates.
Scots councils welcome ALEO decision
Scottish councils have welcomed a decision to allow leisure and cultural venues run by local authority arm’s-length bodies to continue to benefit from rates relief.
MPs told needs indicators could be 'almost halved'
Key indicators used to calculate councils’ needs could be almost halved while controversial ‘thresholds’ used in the formula funding model could be ditched, an independent review of council finances concluded today.
Rates retention working group suspended
The joint Whitehall-sector responsibilities working group is expected to be suspended after taking its business rates retention work ‘as far forward as possible’.
Budget 2017: Devolution and housing key planks in speech
Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget has seen the chancellor unveil a raft of new devolution deals, measures to boost housing and changes to resolve issues with controversial Universal Credit.