Fiscal Freedom

  • 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.


  • Denver tax 'demonstrates fiscal devolution need'

    23 November 2018

    The introduction of a 0.25% sales tax in Denver is ‘further proof of the need for devolved political power in the UK,’ a local government finance expert has suggested.


  • Business backs Edinburgh tourism tax

    22 November 2018

    Seven out of 10 Edinburgh businesses back plans for a tourism tax in the city, a survey has found.


  • Gwynne: There's been no end to austerity

    19 November 2018

    Opposition politicians have hit out at the Government’s record on funding the sector at the County Councils’ Network conference today.


  • Tax experts dismiss local VAT call

    13 November 2018

    Tax experts have dismissed the idea of local VAT despite calls from MPs and the London Finance Commission.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Councillors silenced on secret fiscal devolution report

    31 October 2018

    Senior councillors have been warned not to talk about a secret Local Government Association (LGA) report that models what fiscal devolution might look like, The MJ has been told.


  • Dawes invites tourism tax call

    23 October 2018

    Marsham Street has given its clearest indication yet that it could be open to considering council calls for a tourism tax.


  • Forbes calls for new funding approach

    05 July 2018

    Senior vice-chair of the Local Government Association (LGA), Cllr Nick Forbes, has called for a ‘very different approach’ to the way councils are funded.


  • COSLA in tourism tax call

    27 June 2018

    The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities’ (COSLA) president today called for more financial power for councils, starting with the discretion to introduce a tourism tax.


  • Case for Edinburgh tourist tax builds

    30 May 2018

    Edinburgh City Council leader, Cllr Adam McVey, has argued a small tourist levy would be in the ‘best interests’ of residents, businesses and visitors.


  • Andy Street: Championing the West Midlands

    05 March 2018

    Mayor Andy Street believes the West Midlands is experiencing an economic revival, but if all communities are going to share in that success, he needs more support from the Government. Sam Clayden reports.


  • Labour in tourism tax call

    27 February 2018

    Labour has urged the Scottish Government to bring forward plans for a tourist tax after council leaders backed the move.