• Big questions over Labour’s intentions

    19 June 2024

    Heather Jameson asks what a Labour super majority would mean for local government policy.

  • Rayner accusation after police drop probe

    29 May 2024

    Shadow communities secretary Angela Rayner has hit out at the Conservatives’ ‘desperate tactics’ after police said they would take no further action following an investigation.

  • Dorset to host UK’s first coastal tourist tax

    15 May 2024

    The first coastal tourist tax in the UK is expected to be introduced in Dorset after hoteliers in the region voted for the plans.

  • 1984 and all that

    30 April 2024

    Forty years from the passing of the Rates Act, how relevant are the provisions designed to give central government control over the governance of local taxation and expenditure, asks Jonathan Werran.

  • Thanet DC drops tourism tax plan

    29 April 2024

    Thanet DC has decided to drop plans for a tourism tax because the Government has ‘no intention’ of giving the council the powers to implement one.

  • Lib Dems pledge to scrap business rates

    09 April 2024

    The Lib Dems would deliver tax reforms to ‘revive struggling high streets,’ leader Sir Ed Davey has announced.

  • Tacking the scourge of waste crime

    12 March 2024

    Government should introduce an intermediate tax band to bridge the gap between standard and lower rates of landfill tax, reducing the incentive for misclassification of waste, says Jonathan Werran.

  • What the Budget will mean for councils

    27 February 2024

    David Phillips says a focus on tax cuts in the upcoming Budget does not mean councils will go completely unmentioned – but what happens in the next Spending Review will be more important.

  • Budget: Expect plenty of smoke and mirrors politics

    27 February 2024

    The sector should expect more tax cutting smoke and mirror solutions at this year’s Budget, says Zoë Billingham. She warns: ‘There’ll be no hiding from the fact that taxes will be rising very clearly locally.’

  • A huge year – but will local government’s voice be heard?

    10 January 2024

    'While politicians are holding the line – that councils have plenty of cash and financial failure equals poor management – there are indications that they know it’s not so clear cut', says Heather Jameson.

  • Autumn’s big Statement

    08 January 2024

    Sir Bob Neill welcomes the Autumn Statement’s response to councils’ calls for action on the Local Housing Allowance but is concerned by what little there was on adult social care and looked-after children.

  • Sunak vows to keep public spending down

    08 January 2024

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has kicked off election year with a promise to keep public spending down and cut taxes.

  • Future Forum North: Higher taxes bring little cheer for public services

    08 December 2023

    The future for funding public services looks bleak despite record levels of taxation, the MJ’s Future Forum has heard.

  • Autumn Statement: not what it says on the tin

    24 November 2023

    Kate Ogden says it seems likely either taxes will have to rise further, borrowing will have to rise, or the range and quality of public services provided will have to fall.

  • Britain faces 'highest tax raising parliament in history', CCN told

    20 November 2023

    Britain currently has the ‘highest tax raising parliament in history’, a leading economist has pointed out.

  • Land value tax could redistribute billions

    09 November 2023

    A plan to reform business rates could lead to billions of pounds being redistributed from high land value areas to other parts of the country.

  • Taxing tourists

    25 October 2023

    Should councils be given powers to impose a tourist tax?

  • Centralisation is not a cosy cocoon

    27 September 2023

    When Detroit went bust it seemed to prove the riskiness of local self-government, says Jessica Studdert. But Birmingham going into effective bankruptcy 'should end any naive assumptions the Whitehall model provides anything like a safety net'.

  • London council calls for power to impose overnight levy

    20 September 2023

    Westminster City Council has called on the Government to enable local authorities to tax tourists.

  • Beware the allure of fiscal freedoms

    11 September 2023

    Without boosting local government, plans for financial devolution at a time of such national economic fragility need to be viewed with caution, says Charlotte Alldritt.