Council Tax

  • 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.

  • Localis: Council tax restrictions should be eased

    25 June 2018

    Ministers should lift restrictions on council tax increases and let town halls set local taxes for specific services amid snowballing support for some higher contributions, a report has suggested.

  • Districts resist council tax support pressure

    15 June 2018

    Districts have hit back at Government pressure for them to pass on cash for local council tax support schemes (LCTS).

  • The Seattle battle is a warning over tax raising

    16 May 2018

    No one ever said tax was popular, but Seattle City Council faced the wrath of big business this week in a bid to raise levies to help fight homelessness – and, unsurprisingly, big business has hit back.

  • Reorganisation: papering over the cracks?

    14 May 2018

    Christian Wall explains why he believes simply reorganising Northamptonshire CC is seductive and gives the illusion of firm action, but in isolation merely papers over gaping cracks.

  • Brexit warning for Middlesbrough

    10 May 2018

    Senior Middlesbrough councillors have been warned that the potential economic damage arising from Britain leaving the EU could derail its strategy for regeneration and renewal. 

  • Call for a radical rethink on the generational divide

    08 May 2018

    Radical changes to housing, council and inheritance tax and pensions are needed to end the unfair ‘generational’ divide, according to a major think-tank. 

  • Future Forum: Thomson optimistic about health and care integration

    27 April 2018

    Health and social care integration can be achieved within two years, the managing director of Norfolk CC has told The MJ’s Future Forum.

  • Future Forum: LGA to push for place-based EU funding replacement

    27 April 2018

    The Local Government Association (LGA) will push for a place-based replacement for EU funding after Brexit, Smith Square’s chief executive has said.

  • A holistic view of citizen debt is crucial to collection

    20 April 2018

    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

    19 April 2018

    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

    10 April 2018

    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

    09 April 2018

    Billing authorities are facing increased Government pressure to hand parish councils cash to fund local council tax support schemes.