Localis hired for fiscal devolution study
The Local Government Association has commissioned research to better understand how greater control of financial and fiscal levers might operate in non-metropolitan areas.
Ringing the changes
Localis chief executive Jonathan Werran on how the Johnson government might seek to tackle the challenges brought by its unexpectedly broad mandate.
This will be a different Conservative Government
Head of local government at Grant Thornton UK, Paul Dossett, says the fact that the Conservative majority has been won by gaining seats in towns in Wales, the Midlands and the north of England will make a difference.
Lib Dems to 'end continual erosion' of council funding
Lib Dems would ‘end the continual erosion’ of local government funding if they win power at the General Election, the party’s manifesto has pledged.
We need 10-year settlements, LGA chairman says
Local government should have 10-year financial settlements to be able to forward plan properly, the Local Government Association (LGA) chairman has suggested.
How are we going to make spending vows a reality?
As the main political parties toss around their policy promises and spending pledges, they face a huge dilemma, says Heather Jameson. Just how much are they willing to raise taxes – or devolve them – to fix this?
IFS research claims councils need billions more in funding
Councils will need billions of extra pounds worth of funding in the next parliament if they are to meet the rising cost of adult social care, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has calculated.
That complex conversation with business
The support of the business voice in helping secure some of 'our more ambitious asks around fiscal devolution' will never be unconditional, says John O'Brien.
Time to change the direction of travel
Core Cities UK's Vision for Global Success and Local Prosperity report sets out some clear, practical steps that 'will set our cities free to achieve their full potential, both for themselves and surrounding areas', says Cllr Judith Blake.
What does our sector want?
It seems the appetite for localism and fiscal devolution is outweighed by fears the burden of care will swallow up all the resources, according to the findings of a survey of chief executives. Heather Jameson reports
COSLA conference: Ex-minister hints at council tax cap relaxation
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
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'
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.
Is the new team up for more devolution?
A deep understanding of devolution runs through the core of the current Government, says Heather Jameson - 'not least that it is the only answer to the Brexit voters hitting back at remote democracy'.
Think-tank calls for more local taxes
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
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
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.
Going local on tax raising
Boris Johnson has promised to grant more powers to local government, but has been silent on how to finance them. Alistair Jones argues it’s time to use some imagination.
Let’s talk about tax
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
Call for leaders to be given seat at top table
A council of UK civic leaders chaired by the Prime Minister and mayors on the Privy Council are among the calls from a think-tank.