Reform council tax or lose our support, Greens tell SNP
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
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.
Council tax collection drops further
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
The Scottish Government will consult on the benefits of enabling councils to charge tourist taxes.
Edinburgh publishes tourist tax plan
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
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
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
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
The Scottish Government has dashed councils’ hopes of gaining powers to introduce a tourist tax.
Haringey to reform council tax support
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Some say we grow to become the things we disliked as youngsters.
Rise in children's services spending
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
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
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.