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.
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.
Local authorities left with 'no choice' but to increase council tax
The Local Government Association (LGA) has insisted its members have been left with 'no choice' but to increase council tax after a pressure group found rates have risen by 57% over the past 20 years.
Burnham under pressure to limit tax
Greater Manchester’s mayor, Andy Burnham, is under pressure to limit his council tax precept.
Shadow minister quits after council tax row
A former member of the Communities and Local Government Committee has quit Labour’s frontbench after suggesting the doubling of council tax on more valuable homes.
'The finance system is broken beyond the next few years'
With the provisional local government finance settlement published so late in the day before Christmas, you could be forgiven for missing it. Heather Jameson reveals analyses the impact of a 1% council tax increase.
Council tax is a regressive tax - it's time to do something
With a tax based on 1991 property values, the decks are firmly stacked against a sector that is already facing a cliff edge in 2020, writes Jo Miller.
Scots Budget reveals plan to increase income tax bands
The Scottish Government has unveiled a draft budget which raises income tax in a bid to raise an extra £164m to pay for public services.
Budget 2017: Housing Revenue Account cap lifted for some
The Housing Revenue Account cap will be lifted for councils in ‘high-demand areas’ and stamp duty will be scrapped for most first-time buyers, chancellor Philip Hammond announced in his Budget speech.
Raise more taxes to fund social care, report urges
The Government should consider increasing National Insurance contributions and inheritance tax to plug the social care funding gap, a new report has urged.
Council tax to be mostly spent on social care
Nearly 60% of council tax will have to be spent on adult social care and children’s services from next year, leaving little for other core services, according to new research.
Dump stamp duty for a mansion tax, says think tank
The government should create a new council tax band for the most expensive homes to fund the abolition of stamp duty, according to the Adam Smith Institute.
Calls for Council Tax Support to be in review
Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) costs should be considered as part of the fair funding review, a sector finance expert has urged.