EXCLUSIVE: Call for inspection pause in case of Brexit hit
Council chiefs have urged Whitehall to be ready to ease pressures on the sector for up to six months if Brexit threatens to stretch capacity.
Mets feeling deprived over funding formula
Can the sector reach a consensus on the weighting given to deprivation in the fair funding formula? Ann McGauran examines the local government reaction
Met councils' chair says proposed changes to funding formula 'grossly unfair'
The chair of the Special Interest Group of Metropolitan Authorities (SIGOMA) has written to James Brokenshire complaining about ‘grossly unfair’ and ‘illogical’ proposed changes to the fair funding formula.
Call a halt to fiscal gerrymandering, says SIGOMA
Council finances have been skewed by the Government directing more cash towards wealthier authorities, a coalition of urban councils has claimed.
Simplified rates retention approach mooted
A separate grant to reward councils that help Government achieve its policy objectives under business rates retention could be introduced, The MJ understands.
LGA backs transition grant
The Local Government Association (LGA) has backed calls for an extension of the controversial transition grant, The MJ understands.
Concentrate on consensus
Chair of the Special Interest Group for Municipal Authorities, Sir Stephen Houghton, urges local government to resist the temptation to argue among itself on fair funding.
Business rates appeals process in 'disarray'
The Valuation Office Agency’s (VOA) new business rates appeals process is in ‘disarray,’ council finance chiefs have claimed after further delays were confirmed.
Budget submissions led by CIPFA Brexit warning
The financial implications of a Brexit deal should be taken into account when the chancellor decides on his Budget, financial experts at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has stressed.
Sector doubts over future plan as 100% rates retention is put on ice
Dissent over 100% business rates retention is growing in the sector after it was put on ice by the calling of the General Election, The MJ understands.
‘Delay rollout of 100% rates retention by at least a year’
The rollout of 100% business rates retention should be pushed back by at least a year, the chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has urged.
Business as usual?
Serious concerns still remain over the logistics of business rates redistribution. Finance expert Frances Foster talks to Dan Peters about the pitfalls of pilots, the crucial question of ‘need’ and the future of SIGOMA’s campaign work.
Redistribution is ‘not working’
The poorest authorities should be protected from cuts imposed on them by a ‘failed’ mechanism, metropolitan councils have told MPs.
Fears over ‘unintended results’ of rate retention
Local government has called for assurances that the sector will not be heavily hit by appeals under the new business rates retention mechanism.
‘Financial failure’ under spotlight in second probe
The future financial sustainability of councils will be thrust back into the spotlight after the launch of a fresh inquiry by the National Audit Office (NAO).
Counties and mets fight over settlement
A lobbying battle has broken out between Metropolitan and county councils in the wake of the local government finance settlement, The MJ understands.
Authorities left to ‘pick up pieces’ of health crisis
Local government could be left to ‘pick up the pieces’ from the NHS’ financial crisis, an expert has warned.
Tensions set to ignite among councils over rates reforms
Tensions could erupt between local government tiers in the wake of chancellor George Osborne’s announcement of a business rates revolution, it is feared.
SIGOMA warns RSG ‘could face eradication’ by 2018
Revenue support grant (RSG) faces being cut by about 21% in 2016/17 and some 45% in 2017/18, local government finance experts have calculated using Treasury data.
Race is on for two-speed post-election reforms
A two-speed process to reform local government finance should be launched after the election, sector experts have suggested.