Think-tanks float extra council tax flexibility

By Michael Burton | 11 February 2019

Local government faces another period of tough budget settlements but could be granted more freedom to raise local revenues, according to a report on options for this year’s Spending Review by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Institute for Government.

IFS deputy director Carl Emmerson told a briefing today: ‘While there could be an ungenerous grant settlement there might also be flexibility to raise more council tax.’

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