Fiscal Freedom

  • Let’s back the tourist tax

    15 October 2019

    Cllr Nickie Aiken argues that a modest levy on overnight visitor stays raised locally would go straight into services that help to boost tourism.


  • It’s a fiscal drag

    15 October 2019

    If we are ever going to unlock the benefits and freedoms that fiscal devolution could engender in localities, we have to set out what the political problem is, writes Jonathan Werran.


  • COSLA conference: Ex-minister hints at council tax cap relaxation

    11 October 2019

    A former SNP minister has suggested there could be a relaxation of the cap on council tax.


  • COSLA conference: Sturgeon promises 'biggest decentralisation of power' in two decades

    10 October 2019

    The results of the Scottish Government’s local governance review will bring the ‘biggest decentralisation of power’ in the 20 years since devolution, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has promised.


  • COSLA conference: 'Devolved powers have stopped at Holyrood'

    10 October 2019

    It is a ‘sad paradox’ of devolution that powers handed to Scotland 20 years ago have stopped at Holyrood, the president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has said.


  • Think-tank calls for more local taxes

    19 September 2019

    There appear to be ‘few’ legislative barriers to bringing in new local taxes as long as the money raised went towards local authority expenditure, think-tank IPPR Scotland has said.


  • Edinburgh welcomes tourism tax plan

    09 September 2019

    SNP-controlled Edinburgh City Council has welcomed the inclusion of a Transient Visitor Levy Bill in the Scottish Government’s programme for Scotland.


  • Tourism levy meeting call

    13 August 2019

    Core Cities has called for a meeting with new culture secretary Nicky Morgan and her ministers to discuss the idea of a hotel room levy.


  • Let’s talk about tax

    06 August 2019

    Colin Copus and Steve Leach ask how we should approach the problem of how to finance English local government and examine how comparable nations use their local taxation powers


  • Calls for new PM to make council funding 'immediate domestic priority'

    23 July 2019

    Calls have been made for the next Prime Minister to make council funding his 'immediate domestic priority' after Boris Johnson won the Conservative Party leadership contest.


  • Emergency settlement call as councils face financial cliff-edge

    15 July 2019

    Calls have been made by a think-tank for a one-year emergency local government settlement with councils facing a ‘financial cliff-edge’.


  • Council tax system needs 'fundamental reform'

    16 May 2019

    The council tax system is ‘highly regressive and unsustainable,’ and needs ‘fundamental reform,’ progressive think-tank IPPR has argued.


  • Cut business rates, claims Treasury's Truss

    09 May 2019

    Business rates should be cut to support the private sector, chief secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, told a Smith Square debate last night.


  • Doubts over new taxes to fund Commonwealth Games

    15 April 2019

    New forms of tax are unlikely to fill a £40m hole in funding for the Commonwealth Games budget, councillors in Birmingham have been told.


  • Local income tax best bet for fiscal devo - IFS

    21 March 2019

    Local income tax would be the best option for fiscal devolution if the Government wanted to hand more powers to local authorities, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) argued today.


  • A taxing problem

    21 March 2019

    Heather Jameson looks at the latest report from the IFS’s Local Government Finance Commission, which suggests a local income tax would be the best option for fiscal devolution.


  • Spending Review launch dependent on securing Brexit deal

    13 March 2019

    Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced he plans to launch a full three-year Spending Review before the summer recess if a Brexit deal is agreed.


  • Call for place-based Spending Review

    07 March 2019

    The Treasury should develop a new national place-based Spending Review, the independent Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) charity has argued.


  • NLGN in fresh fiscal devolution call

    26 February 2019

    Only full fiscal devolution with comprehensive tax-raising powers at a local level will deliver the change communities crave, a report by the NLGN think-tank has urged.


  • Call for tourism tax review

    05 February 2019

    An inquiry into cultural investment in cities has called for a UK-wide review of the benefits of a tourism tax.