A holistic view of citizen debt is crucial to collection
Many councils are now writing off huge amounts of debt as they lack the resources to follow collection through to payment. Gary Bell believes councils can better collect the large sums of money owed to them.
LGA report suggests lifting of council tax freeze
Broxtowe BC should consider lifting its council tax freeze as it begins to use reserves at a ‘significant rate,’ a Local Government Association desktop review of the authority’s financial position has suggested.
White Van Man on ... council tax
My local council hasn’t put up its council tax in years. Don’t ask me what it’s done with all these expensive old people. Must all be in beds in sheds.
Parish pressure over council tax support
Billing authorities are facing increased Government pressure to hand parish councils cash to fund local council tax support schemes.
Holyrood debates scrapping council tax
The Scottish Green Party has demanded an end to the ‘out of date, archaic, regressive’ council tax.
Councils plan largest council tax rise in 13 years
Council Tax levels will increase by an average of 5.1% across England in 2018/19, the largest rise for 13 years, ministers have confirmed.
IFS implores action over growing social care funding chasm
The Government will need to scrap its funding reforms, significantly boost top-ups or centralise care if it is to plug the social care funding gap, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned today.
Scrap 'outdated and regressive council tax,' says think-tank
Council tax is ‘outdated and regressive,’ and the Government should consider scrapping it in favour of a fairer system, according to a think-tank.
Council tax set for biggest rise in 14 years, says CIPFA
Council tax payers face the sharpest rise in their taxes for 14 years, according to the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy figures (CIPFA).
Greens call for council tax and business rates reform
Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, has called for a replacement of the current system of council tax and reform of business rates.
More powers needed to unlock land for housing - LGA
Councils should be allowed to charge developers full council tax where land is left after securing planning permission, the Local Government Association (LGA) has argued.
4 wheel drive woman
Tarquin, pop your head back in the window, there’s a good boy. We need to get you to your private lacrosse coaching in one piece – goodness knows we pay enough for it, without you arriving ‘sans la tête’ as it were.
Labour looks to overhaul 'not fit for purpose' council tax
Labour is considering a range of options to fund local authorities as part of an overhaul of a council tax system ‘not fit for purpose,’ the shadow communities secretary has said.
Westminster proposes ‘voluntary’ council tax scheme
Westminster City Council has proposed to freeze council tax and instead invite those in the most expensive properties to pay a voluntary contribution after a consultation found ‘strong support’ for the idea.
The MJ/LGiU finance survey: The balancing act continues
Children's services has emerged as the new biggest risk facing the sector, overtaking adult social care, according to this year's The MJ/LGiU finance survey.
Fund the biggest pressures nationally and the rest through a progressive local tax
It is time we broke our fixation with Brexit and focused on issues of real concern, writes Paul Wheeler.
EXCLUSIVE: Government was warned of fears over Northamptonshire's finances
Northamptonshire CC warned the Government it was facing a structural funding deficit years before it sent in an independent inspector to investigate its precarious finances.
Burnham settles on £7 precept
Greater Manchester’s directly-elected mayor, Andy Burnham, will charge households an average of £7 to deliver his wide-ranging transport and housing plans for 2018/19.
Mayor defends £11 tax precept
West Midlands mayor Andy Street yesterday defended his proposal for an £11 council tax precept after it was rejected by the combined authority’s cabinet.
Districts call for council tax limit increase
Districts have called for the council tax cap to be increased so they can raise an extra £9m.