Wales boasts of lower council tax than England
Council tax in Wales remains lower than in England, new figures published today have revealed.
LGA group exit for Surrey leader
David Hodge has quit as the leader of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Conservative group following the political furore over the so-called Nickileaks affair.
Bid to oust Hodge as Surrey leader thwarted
An attempt to oust the leader of Surrey CC in the wake of an alleged ‘sweetheart deal’ with the Government failed today.
DWP must rebuild trust after housing benefit referrals drop
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is hoping to restore confidence in its efforts to tackle housing benefit fraud after performance plummeted.
'Single highest' council tax rise in decade
England is facing the ‘single highest’ council tax increase in a decade, a new study has revealed.
Hammond comes under renewed pressure on social care
Chancellor Philip Hammond has come under renewed pressure to invest fresh cash into adult social care in this week’s Budget.
Looking to the future
Dan Peters talks to Teresa Pearce about social care, council funding and The Labour Party’s prospects for the future.
Government struggling to implement Spending Review - report
Town hall powers to bring forward council tax rises to tackle Britain’s social care crisis ‘may prove insufficient,’ an authoritative new study has warned.
Bring on the bailiffs
If at first you don’t succeed – try, try again.
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.