Forbes calls for new funding approach
Senior vice-chair of the Local Government Association (LGA), Cllr Nick Forbes, has called for a ‘very different approach’ to the way councils are funded.
Call for business rates to be scrapped
Business rates should be scrapped and local authorities should be handed a swathe of new powers to revitalise struggling town centres, a major new review has urged.
Risk warning over appeals fund delay
Government plans to introduce the central funding of business rate appeals a year after 75% rates retention pose a ‘significant risk’ for councils, Smith Square has warned.
Digital tax planned to balance 'antiquated' business rates
Calls by MPs to scrap business rates have been rejected by a Treasury minister.
LGA call amid appeals backlog
More than 133,000 firms are still awaiting appeals of their business rates valuation from 2010 to be resolved, council leaders have revealed.
CIPFA hits back at Tesco rates attack
Finance directors have hit back at criticisms made by big companies that business rates are causing the collapse of retailers on the high street.
Finance review reaches out to sector
The man heading a review into Marsham Street’s oversight of the business rates system is approaching councils for their views.
The Seattle battle is a warning over tax raising
No one ever said tax was popular, but Seattle City Council faced the wrath of big business this week in a bid to raise levies to help fight homelessness – and, unsurprisingly, big business has hit back.
MHCLG will not recover £36m overpayments
Millions of pounds overpaid to local authorities by the Government will not be recovered, Marsham Street has confirmed.
Brexit warning for Middlesbrough
Senior Middlesbrough councillors have been warned that the potential economic damage arising from Britain leaving the EU could derail its strategy for regeneration and renewal.
Future Forum: LGA to push for place-based EU funding replacement
The Local Government Association (LGA) will push for a place-based replacement for EU funding after Brexit, Smith Square’s chief executive has said.
Future Forum: Councils to face more legal challenges from NHS
Health bosses are likely to launch more legal challenges in the future as funding pressures continue to grow, a policy expert has predicted.
Sector backs MPs' business rates call
Local government bodies have thrown their support behind a call by MPs for retained business rates to be treated as extra income.
Reckless is more
Diary has been known to indulge in some reckless behaviour now and again.
Government backtrack over staircase tax
The Government has appeared to backtrack on a commitment to ‘fully compensate’ the sector for the loss of income due to changes in business rates.
The funding system must prevent unsustainable funding and misaligned incentives
Richard Flinton on the Association of County Chief Executives submission to the fairer funding consultation.
Placing faith in the pilots
From this month, a second wave of pilots have started 100% rates retention. Neil Amin-Smith and David Phillips from the Institute for Fiscal Studies examine the Government’s claims regarding these pilots.
Government announces business rates review
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced a review of the business rates system will be led by Andrew Hudson.
Business rates pilot payout proves costly to the sector
Local authorities are missing out on millions of pounds because of an £870m cash boost to business rate pilot councils, according to a study today from the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) think-tank.
Government could intervene in tier splits row
The Government could be left to intervene to settle the thorny issue of business rates tier splits under 75% retention, The MJ understands.