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Other taxes must now be localised along with business rates
The Government must logically now look at localising a much wider range of tax along with business rates if it is to continue withdrawing grant funding, writes Michael Burton.
LGA: Council tax rises will not stop deep cuts
Council tax rises designed to tackle the social care funding crisis will not prevent deep cuts to other local public services, town halls have warned.
Shapps wades into revaluation row
A former local government minister has waded into the ongoing row over business rates revaluation.
‘No council tax to fix social care gap’
The Welsh Government has ruled out using council tax to help plug the devolved nation’s social care funding gap.
Hodge denies pilot deal to drop tax referendum
Surrey CC leader David Hodge has batted away claims his authority was offered a business rates pilot in return for dropping its council tax referendum.
Call for ‘ability to pay’ model
Shadow local government minister Jim McMahon has called for a new model of council funding based on residents’ ability to pay.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘It’s make or break time’ - annual finance survey
Results of the latest LGiU/The MJ annual finance survey lead to stark warnings on the fiscal future of local government.
Surrey CC scraps plans for 15% council tax referendum
Surrey CC has scrapped plans to hold a referendum on whether to increase council tax by 15%.
Schemes pressure poorer families
Each new wave of council tax support schemes (CTS) has put a greater burden on low income families, a briefing has found.
Surrey is an example of why councils need fiscal freedoms
In the wake of Surrey CC's decision to hold a council tax referendum, Dr John Stanton argues giving local authorities greater fiscal freedom will ease tensions between Whitehall and Town Halls.
Warning over future for care home providers
Councils have called for ‘urgent and genuinely new’ funding for social care amid fresh warnings that more providers could go out of business.
White Van Man on . . . tourism tax
Whenever I go abroad to Italy or France or whatever I always discover the hotel has whacked on another euro a night for the bill.
Surrey CC needs a masterful campaign
Surrey CC's decision to hold a council tax referendum was a bold move, but will the odds are stacked against the authority, writes Ben Page.
Leaders risk referendums to do the right thing
With the announcement of two referendums in the past week, this local election day is set to be more interesting than most, writes Heather Jameson.
Ashford exits super district plan
Councils in east Kent have published a business case for a super district but Ashford DC has quit the plan.
EXCLUSIVE: Lack of confidence in adult social care strategy exposed
The true scale of feeling across local government about the escalating social care crisis is revealed by the results of an exclusive survey.
Behind Surrey CC's 15% council tax rise proposal
David Hodge explains why Conservative-led Surrey CC has no choice but to hold a referendum on a mammoth 15% council tax increase.
Surrey CC confirms double-figure tax rise plan
Conservative-led Surrey CC has confirmed it will be holding a referendum on whether to raise council tax by 15% as cuts take hold.
Scottish Labour pledges to invest in public services
The Scottish Labour Party has launched its local government election campaign, pledging to invest in under-threat public services.