Future Forum North: IFS boss praises 'sensible' Labour tax proposals
The director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies has urged whoever is elected next week to look at ‘sensible’ dividend and capital gains tax proposals.
Lib Dems unveil £13bn social care funding pledge
The Lib Dems have announced an election policy that would lead to an extra £13bn going to social care.
Boris Johnson promises business rates cuts
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Confederation of British Industry annual conference today that a ‘fundamental review’ of business rates will take place should his party win the election.
Just a lull in the funding storm?
David Phillips examines the choices the next Government will face, including whether (and how much) to raise taxes. What it decides could have big implications for councils and those who rely on their services.
Fair tax is the way forward
Shining a light on fair tax is a responsibility Oxford City Council is pleased to take on, says Cllr Tom Hayes - and he is glad to see others signing up to the Councils for Fair Tax Declaration.
Social care and climate change share limelight at Lib Dem conference
Increased funding via new taxes and more powers to tackle climate change are among the policies adopted at the Lib Dem conference this week.
Council backs campaign for procurement reform
Oxford City Council has become the first authority to back a fair tax campaign.
Regional imbalances match the Euro-election results
Michael Burton says on regional unfairness IPPR North makes a good point - 'the stark ONS figures explain Brexit but there is little sign of Government actually being able to do anything to reduce the imbalances'.
We need a real debate on local taxes
Piali Das Gupta argues that we need a more sophisticated balance of local revenue sources for local services that would reduce the pressure on any individual tax or set of taxpayers. Many other countries do it – so what are we afraid of?
Business rates 'tweaks' not enough - CBI
Industry leaders have called on politicians to look at overhauling the system of business rates.
MPs: Government not willing to innovate on high streets problem
The Government is not willing to make the changes necessary to help businesses revitalise high streets across the country, a select committee has said.
Devo choices should be open to all
If Scotland can choose to raise income tax and invest in public services, why can’t Manchester or the West Midlands, asks Heather Jameson - and if devolution gives choices to parts of the UK, why not all of the devolved bodies?
Report urges levy on Northern Powerhouse firms
The councils that make up the Northern Powerhouse should be allowed to levy additional business rates to rejuvenate their communities, a think-tank has urged.
Doubts over new taxes to fund Commonwealth Games
New forms of tax are unlikely to fill a £40m hole in funding for the Commonwealth Games budget, councillors in Birmingham have been told.
We need to give the full picture about high earners
Some facts were missing from this week's TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) 'Town Hall Rich List', says Michael Burton.
MPs call for business rates reform
There was a consensus that the current system does not work in a House of Commons adjournment debate.
White Van Man on... tax
If the politicians think I’m going to cough up yet another tax for councils they can think again.
4 wheel drive woman on... taxes
Tarquin, where did you get that catapult? Put it away while mummy is driving, poppet, you are not a highwayman.
How does public spending break down?
The latest annual statement from HMRC reveals how little leeway the chancellor has when it comes to planning the next Spending Review, says Mike Burton.
It's time to talk about tax
Paul O'Brien argues It’s time for an honest conversation about tax in the UK - and the 'smoke and mirrors' approach to the funding of public services needs to stop.