Council Tax

  • Reform council tax or lose our support, Greens tell SNP

    22 October 2018

    Without any progress on council tax reform the Greens will vote down the upcoming Scottish budget, the party’s co-convener has warned.

  • SOLACE Summit: Dawes rejects NHS cash grab idea

    19 October 2018

    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

    09 October 2018

    Replacing council tax with a new property tax could help tackle wealth inequality, a new report has claimed.

  • Council tax collection drops further

    08 October 2018

    Council tax collection rates in England declined slightly in 2017/18, new data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has revealed.

  • Scotland to consult on tourist tax

    04 October 2018

    The Scottish Government will consult on the benefits of enabling councils to charge tourist taxes.

  • Edinburgh publishes tourist tax plan

    26 September 2018

    A tourist tax of 2% or £2 per night is being proposed in Edinburgh, raising £11m per year for the city council.

  • Labour leaders demand radical council tax reform

    24 September 2018

    Labour local authority leaders have called for the council tax system to be scrapped in a direct appeal to the Prime Minister.

  • Healey unveils council tax levy on holiday homes

    24 September 2018

    Labour would double council tax on second homes to help families living in temporary accommodation, shadow housing secretary John Healey is expected to announce later today.

  • 'Tough enforcement action' brings in £1.2m

    07 September 2018

    South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse DCs recovered more than £1.2m in council tax arrears after 'tough enforcement action,' latest figures have revealed.

  • Scottish Government resists calls for tourist tax

    03 September 2018

    The Scottish Government has dashed councils’ hopes of gaining powers to introduce a tourist tax.

  • Haringey to reform council tax support

    17 August 2018

    Haringey LBC could invest £1.6m in 2019/20 to allow some of its poorest residents to not pay council tax.

  • Council tax revaluation calls grow

    10 August 2018

    Finance chiefs have said it is ‘untenable’ for local government to rely on the creaking council tax system without a politically-challenging revaluation of properties.

  • Voluntary council tax scheme raises £400k

    12 July 2018

    Westminster City Council’s scheme to encourage its wealthiest Band H residents to contribute extra on top of their council tax has raised £400,000 so far, according to figures released today.

  • Goodwill hunting

    10 July 2018

    A new Localis report suggests ministers should lift the cap for council tax referendums and let local people put their money where their heart is, writes Jonathan Werran.

  • Cash collection made simple

    10 July 2018

    Councils could bring in vital extra funding if they apply behavioural insights to revenue collection argues Tim Pearse

  • LGA under pressure on student council tax

    10 July 2018

    Councillors have put Smith Square under pressure to lobby the Government to give local authorities the power to decide whether to charge students council tax, The MJ understands.

  • Power to Change your view

    09 July 2018

    Some say we grow to become the things we disliked as youngsters.

  • Rise in children's services spending

    28 June 2018

    The amount expected to be spent on children’s social care in 2018/19 is up 6.8% or £542m compared to the figure in 2017/18 budgets, latest figures have shown.

  • MPs say levy for over 40s could fund free social care

    26 June 2018

    People aged over 40 should pay a dedicated social care premium to fund free care in the future, MPs have said.

  • Needs review to decide council tax support

    25 June 2018

    Funding for local council tax support schemes will be considered as part of the review of needs and resources, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has said.