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.
Minister hints at business rates overhaul
Cabinet minister Greg Clark has suggested that the business rates system could be over-hauled to help high street retailers hit by the rise of online shopping.
LGA's pre-Budget play in war against austerity
Smith Square has begun drawing local government’s battle lines as chancellor Phillip Hammond comes under renewed pressure to loosen his grip on council finances.
Labour leaders demand radical council tax reform
Labour local authority leaders have called for the council tax system to be scrapped in a direct appeal to the Prime Minister.
Essex councils clash over business rates retention pilot
A bid by Essex’s local authorities to pilot a business rates retention project worth up to £20m could be torpedoed by Thurrock Council.
Land value tax 'would benefit councils'
Replacing business rates with a land value tax could yield benefits for councils, a report has claimed.
£450bn land value rise increases pressure for new tax
Soaring land prices are expected to increase pressure for the introduction of a land value tax.
Lib Dem leader backs business rates replacement
Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable has called for a land value tax to replace the current business rates system.
A funding system that’s had its time
Are business rates a dinosaur tax? Tim Willis explores the pros and cons of the current business rates system for local authorities and calls for innovative new solutions.