Council Tax

  • Our new beginning is here – let’s not make a meal of it

    13 January 2021

    There are some major hurdles ahead, says Heather Jameson. 'Government’s quick fixes – to raise council tax precepts and push councils towards commercialism – now cause more problems than they solve', she adds.

  • Scottish councils call for fair funding to avoid 'damaging consequences'

    12 January 2021

    Council leaders in Scotland have called for an end to small ring-fenced pots of funding and no cap on council tax in this year’s Budget.

  • Starmer demands halt to ‘absurd’ council tax rises

    11 January 2021

    Labour leader Keir Starmer has called for central government to increase funding for local authorities to prevent council tax hikes.

  • Councils grapple with multi-million pound budget deficits

    06 January 2021

    Councils are mulling service cuts and council tax rises as they attempt to balance next year's budgets.

  • Urban councils' fears over debt recovery rules

    22 December 2020

    Urban councils have voiced concern over new rules that could prevent them from recovering council tax debts.

  • Questions over settlement boost

    21 December 2020

    The scale of the increase in core funding in the local government finance settlement claimed by ministers has been questioned by finance experts.

  • Council taxpayers to ‘pay more and get less’

    03 December 2020

    Local authorities have been left in the unenviable position of raising taxes in an effort to balance their books following the Spending Review, Local Government Association members have said.

  • Tewkesbury puts its customers in control

    02 December 2020

    Graeme Simpson explains why Tewkesbury BC is changing to a new digital platform to transform the way it interacts with its customers online.

  • A mixed bag for councils

    02 December 2020

    While Sir Bob Neill says there was much in the Spending Review to applaud, ‘what’s ultimately needed is a complete repair job of local government finance’.

  • There’s not enough votes in funding councils

    02 December 2020

    'Whatever the finance settlement brings, it will not be enough', says Heather Jameson. 'Councils will cope as they always do – or most will – and there is another year to make the case for local services, while the Government hopes it all goes away.'

  • More cash, but not enough

    01 December 2020

    With its £5.5bn extra funding for local government next year the Spending Review may have delivered more than expected – though this won’t be enough to reverse the cuts since 2010. Heather Jameson reports.

  • The devolution waiting game

    01 December 2020

    The Prime Minister has said that ‘devolution…should be used as a step to pass power to local communities and businesses to make their lives better’. Is this the sort of devolution that councils expect, asks Ian Miller.

  • Councils allowed to delay precept rise

    30 November 2020

    Local authorities will be allowed to delay big council tax increases next year ahead of elections, it has emerged.

  • Spending review: Ensuring an economic recovery which benefits everyone

    30 November 2020

    Investment in local public services is critical to national recovery, and councils can only lead local efforts to tackle the inequalities the pandemic has exposed and made worse with the right funding and freedoms, says Cllr James Jamieson.

  • SPENDING REVIEW: Live to fight another year

    25 November 2020

    Local government has probably got just about enough from the chancellor to keep the show on the road, says Jonathan Werran. 'And possibly extend the road for the sake of kicking the familiar battered can that is social care funding down it...' 

  • How to cut debt and fund our social care

    17 November 2020

    A flat-rate health and social care levy to raise £17bn was a centrepiece of a new study last week. Michael Burton looks at the figures and reports from a webinar on the public finances with ex-chancellor Philip Hammond.

  • Report proposes sweeping tax increases

    11 November 2020

    A new health and social care tax raising £17bn should be the centrepiece of sweeping tax increases to raise £40bn a year, according to a new report from think-tank the Resolution Foundation.

  • Councils tax discounts reach record high

    29 October 2020

    More than 2.5 million people have claimed a discount on their council tax bills according to the latest statistics.

  • Think tank calls for rates reform

    26 October 2020

    Council tax and business rates should be reformed as part of a major overhaul of the UK’s tax system says a new study from the free market think-tank the Centre for Policy Studies.

  • Counting the hidden costs of COVID-19

    23 September 2020

    There are a host of hidden costs from COVID-19 that will creep out of the woodwork over time to impact local government, says Chris Buss, leading to a fundamental shift in the way services will be delivered in the future.