Council Tax

  • Scotland 'should grasp nettle' of council tax reform

    15 April 2021

    Holyrood should go further in overhauling taxation, research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has concluded.


  • Think-tank calls for reform of 'regressive' council tax in Scotland

    12 April 2021

    Council tax in Scotland should be increased to the same levels as the rest of the UK, a think-tank has argued today.


  • Bucket list for fixing council finances

    08 April 2021

    Co-designing a truly sustainable finance system for councils for the long-term ‘won’t be quick and it won’t be easy’, says Martin Reeves. A few more years of ‘make do and mend’ will not work for our communities and economies, he adds.


  • Council tax revaluation would help level up, says IFS

    31 March 2021

    A new council tax revaluation would boost the Government’s levelling up agenda, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said.


  • Let's see what happens on longer-term funding

    31 March 2021

    Lorna Baxter gave evidence at the Public Accounts Committee in response to the NAO report on local government finance during COVID. She says there is acknowledgement that the longer-term funding and distribution mechanism needs to be addressed.


  • Holiday homes tax loophole to be closed

    24 March 2021

    The Government has announced a clampdown on tax breaks for second homes


  • The funding puzzle stays unsolved

    24 March 2021

    CIPFA's council tax data revealed the average council tax bills for band D properties in two regions of England will now exceed £2,000. Taxpayers will begin to ask what they get for this, says Rob Whiteman.


  • End to welfare support threatens council finances

    22 March 2021

    Cutting off pandemic welfare support could lead to ‘disaster’ for families and local government funding, councils have warned.


  • Building back better and fairer

    22 March 2021

    Tameside MBC’s Budget and focus on Inclusive Growth offers a platform to work together to seize an opportunity to build a new and better future, argues Cllr Oliver Ryan.


  • Council tax hits £2,000 barrier in two regions

    11 March 2021

    The typical council tax bill for an average property in England’s north-east and south-west will be more than £2,000 a year for the first time, according to research from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).


  • Lord Heseltine calls for a cross-government approach to regeneration

    10 March 2021

    Lord Heseltine has put the case for a senior cross-departmental Cabinet minister and committee to lead on regeneration, 'mirrored in the big regional centres'.


  • A tale of two Budgets?

    09 March 2021

    While the Budget delivered an economic quick fix, critics have highlighted its silence on support for public services and rising inequality, and a ‘scattergun’ approach to levelling up. Heather Jameson reports.


  • Under pressure from many directions

    09 March 2021

    Last week’s Budget made optimistic assumptions about post-pandemic costs that could mean cuts in services like local government down the line, reports Michael Burton.


  • Warwick to overhaul climate change plans

    22 February 2021

    Warwick DC is to redraw its plans to tackle climate change after abandoning a green tax referendum.


  • Long-term funding for local government looks ominous

    17 February 2021

    In her first column for The MJ, and in her role as the incoming president of the Society of County Treasurers, Lorna Baxter says her worry is 'not the short-term funding issues, but the longer-term impacts on local government'.


  • Budget should give more cash to councils, claims IFS

    16 February 2021

    Next month’s Budget should allocate more funding for local government, health and education while a revamped and higher council tax should replace stamp duty, says a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.


  • NI councils handed powers to vary taxes

    15 February 2021

    New legislation at Stormont will allow councils in Northern Ireland to vary the rate of council tax and business rates.


  • MPs attack 'broken' council funding

    11 February 2021

    The Government has promised reform of the system of financing local authorities.


  • Looking at the long term impact of Scottish council tax freeze

    10 February 2021

    In Scotland, the devolved government announced £90m to compensate councils that choose to freeze council tax next year. Joanne Pitt says that while this is a helpful lifeline it comes at the cost of reduced council tax income in the future.


  • Local government settlement shows Government is not in listening mode

    09 February 2021

    It is clear from the final local government settlement that the Government did not pay attention to the submissions of councils, including districts, says Ian Miller. The consultation with the sector on council tax increases 'seems a sham', he adds.