• Raid on reserves will hit hard on council cash

    13 July 2021

    As the Treasury threatens to raid reserves, Heather Jameson warns the 'snapshot' figures could have a long term impact on councils as we head for the spending review.

  • Treasury launches consultation for business rates revaluations every three years

    30 June 2021

    The Treasury has made further moves towards business rates revaluations taking place more frequently.

  • We must stop the Treasury tail wagging the Government dog

    23 June 2021

    Graeme McDonald senses 'much of Whitehall has a greater understanding of our challenges than for many years, but is handcuffed by the inflexible, rigid approach imposed by a shortsighted Exchequer'.

  • Experts urge action on care on eve of PM's crunch meeting

    21 June 2021

    Social care leaders have written to the Prime Minister, chancellor and health secretary, demanding a resolution to the adult social care crisis on the eve of a top level crunch meeting tomorrow.

  • Playing it long

    02 June 2021

    A Localis policy webinar on long-term local government finances indicated strategic pragmatism will be order of the day for the sector until the mid-2020s, writes Jonathan Werran.

  • A delicate balance

    27 April 2021

    Whether it will achieve its lofty, yet nebulous, objectives and relentless focus north of the Watford Gap, the Government’s levelling up agenda has a long way to go. Martin Ford reports.

  • Levelling up fund faces legal challenge

    06 April 2021

    The Government could face legal action over its ‘troublingly opaque’ allocation of the Levelling Up Fund.

  • A tale of two Budgets?

    09 March 2021

    While the Budget delivered an economic quick fix, critics have highlighted its silence on support for public services and rising inequality, and a ‘scattergun’ approach to levelling up. Heather Jameson reports.

  • BUDGET 2021: Sunak warns of pain to come

    03 March 2021

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a budget to protect ‘livelihood and jobs’ – with a warning of public finance pain to come.

  • BUDGET 2021: Sunak's lifeline for workers and business

    03 March 2021

    Rishi Sunak’s Budget is expected to provide a lifeline for workers as the furlough scheme is extended to September while the universal credit £20 uplift could also be prolonged for six months.

  • Sunak to reveal £5bn for high streets

    01 March 2021

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected announce a further £5bn to rescue high streets in the Budget on Wednesday.

  • 'Amazon tax' will make matters worse, says MP

    11 February 2021

    Adding an online sales tax to a broken business rates system will only make matters worse, a Conservative MP who is pushing to scrap business rates has said.

  • Fixing the fiscal flaws

    09 February 2021

    Last week saw the Treasury put a pause on business rates billing until after the Budget. But the March announcement is unlikely to address the bigger issues facing council tax and business rates. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Treasury in property tax rethink

    18 January 2021

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak is believed to be rethinking property taxes – including council tax and business rates – in a bid to balance the books post-COVID.

  • Spending review: Rishi delivered what we needed, stability

    27 November 2020

    In a time of financial uncertainty, the chancellor's Spending Review delivered basic stability. Now county councils need to be at the heart of levelling up, says Cllr David Williams

  • Sunak unveils a Spending Review for jobs, public services and infrastructure

    25 November 2020

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a £4bn levelling up fund as part of a Spending Review which he claimed offered ‘huge investment’ in jobs, public services and infrastructure.

  • Sunak to re-write Green Book to level up the North

    23 November 2020

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce plans to re-write the Green Book in the spending review this week, as part of the Government’s commitment to levelling up.

  • HOUSING: You get what you give

    11 November 2020

    Localis chief executive Jonathan Werran asks what the inability to deliver a multi-year finance settlement means for housing recovery.

  • Cities issue stark finance warning

    29 October 2020

    The Core Cities have written to the Government, warning they face Section 114 notices unless the gaps in funding are addressed.

  • Chancellor announces new support package for businesses

    22 October 2020

    The chancellor Rishi Sunak has increased support for workers and jobs hit by tougher COVID-19 restrictions following a barrage of protests from  businesses, particularly those in Tier 2 areas.