Fiscal devolution

  • Mayors united

    18 June 2024

    There probably hasn’t been a better chance in the last few decades for meaningful devolution, but only if Labour’s mayors can act together and make a compelling case, says Giles Roca.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Treasury civil servants considering how income tax devolution could work

    21 May 2024

    Treasury officials are considering how the idea of devolving powers to local government to retain a share of income tax revenue could work, The MJ understands.


  • Letting go of London

    21 May 2024

    Nick Bowes looks at what the next Government’s agenda should be for London and at how the city should respond to any shifting political landscape – and he believes fiscal devolution will be key.


  • National Insurance devolution call

    10 May 2024

    A ‘small share’ of around 5% of locally-generated National Insurance (NI) revenue should be devolved as part of tax-sharing pilots with leading combined authorities, the Institute for Government (IfG) think-tank has argued in a report.


  • Are the grown-ups in the room?

    01 May 2024

    Labour’s alternative to levelling up could mark a step change to a more mature relationship between the centre and our regions, say Annabel Smith and Ben Franklin.


  • LGA lobbied over income tax devolution amid White Paper preparations

    22 April 2024

    The Local Government Association’s (LGA) White Paper should make the case for councils to receive a share of income tax, sector experts have urged.


  • Putting finance on the devolution to-do list

    16 April 2024

    Seeking real fiscal autonomy for local government at times feels as elusive as the end of a rainbow, says Alison Griffin.


  • Government ignores sugar levy calls

    12 April 2024

    The Government has ignored Local Government Association (LGA) calls for the sugar levy to be spent by councils to tackle physical inactivity.


  • Next Government urged to look at devolving air passenger duty

    08 April 2024

    The leader of a Labour council in the shadow of Heathrow Airport has urged the next Government to look at devolving air passenger duty (APD).


  • Craig hails tourist tax 'success'

    03 April 2024

    The leader of Manchester City Council, Bev Craig, has hailed the UK’s first city tourist tax a ‘success’ a year on from its introduction.


  • Think-tank's call for landfill tax devolution

    02 April 2024

    A think-tank has called for a portion of the proceeds from landfill tax to be devolved to councils.


  • Online sales tax not priority for London

    15 March 2024

    London Councils has decided it will not prioritise an online sales tax (OST) as part of its lobbying effort.


  • Experts in fresh push for fiscal devolution

    08 March 2024

    An independent group of experts is preparing to pile pressure on ministers to back fiscal devolution, The MJ understands.


  • Fresh wave of devolution could reduce regional inequalities, says report

    27 February 2024

    An overhaul of the local government system and a fresh wave of devolution have been put forward as solutions to regional inequalities in a report.


  • London stalling?

    13 February 2024

    Nick Bowes sets out the reasons why more progress hasn’t been made on devolution in London and looks at what’s likely to happen next.


  • Where is fiscal devolution?

    13 February 2024

    In the first of a series of articles on what the next government could learn from the Lyons Review, Jonathan Werran suggests fiscal freedom could unlock growth to bring in more cash for the Treasury.


  • Making the first move on devo

    08 January 2024

    Dr Simon Kaye says central government will have to work very differently if a more radical programme of devolution is to happen – and local government may be forced to make the first move.


  • Powering ahead in the West Midlands

    27 November 2023

    The West Midlands Combined Authority is to receive a departmental-style single funding settlement from Government that will enable it to deliver prosperity for local people in the years ahead, writes Laura Shoaf.


  • Let the citizens decide

    20 November 2023

    Ross Mudie asks if the public hold the key to navigating economic challenges – and he highlights citizens’ jury research that says the chancellor should press ahead with rolling out fiscal devolution nationwide.


  • Is it time to remove the reins on local government finances?

    13 November 2023

    Centralisation clearly isn’t working for England, so could radical plans for fiscal devolution be the solution, asks the ICAEW’s Alison Ring.