Fiscal Freedom

  • Challenging the system

    20 September 2017

    Shadow communities secretary, Andrew Gwynne, talks to Dan Peters about devolution, fiscal change, and his hope to represent the sector in a far more positive light


  • Give councils the full fiscal tools to do the job

    13 September 2017

    Relying on business rates alone to replace RSG will require a heck of a lot of redistribution to compensate poorer areas, writes Michael Burton.


  • Decreasing Whitehall’s dominance

    05 July 2017

    Lord Porter makes an impassioned case for devolution, arguing local and central government cannot deliver more than the sum of their parts without urgent reform.


  • ‘Unleash county powers for growth

    05 July 2017

    Devolution of public spending and tax-raising powers to county councils would boost England’s economy and lift it back to pre-Brexit growth rates, new research has suggested.


  • Porter to call for council tax rises

    04 July 2017

    Local authorities should be allowed to increase council tax, the Tory chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) will argue today.


  • Full county devolution could be perfect tonic

    04 July 2017

    The Government should be ambitious and seriously consider full fiscal devolution to county areas, argues chairman of the County Councils' Network, Cllr Paul Carter.


  • Report: Unleash sleeping county giants

    04 July 2017

    Devolution of public spending and tax raising powers to county councils would boost England’s economy and lift it back to pre-Brexit growth rates, new research has suggested.


  • City deals among promises in DUP-Conservative deal

    26 June 2017

    Fresh devolved powers for Northern Ireland form a key part of today’s £1bn deal between the minority Conservative government and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).


  • Rebooting the devolution agenda

    24 May 2017

    Sean Nolan looks at the results of the English mayoral elections and assesses what is next on the agenda.


  • Burnham’s integration vow over GM health and care

    17 May 2017

    Andy Burnham has vowed to drive ‘further and deeper’ integration in Greater Manchester as he pushes health and social care towards a single system.


  • Lessons from Berlin

    02 May 2017

    The issues plaguing adult social care are not unique to the UK. Clive Betts recounts the lessons learned from the Communities and Local Government Committee’s trip to Berlin.


  • Tributes paid to localist professor

    18 April 2017

    Professor George Jones, a passionate advocate of local government and long-term contributor to The MJ, has died aged 79.


  • Think-tank calls for fiscal devolution

    10 April 2017

    Council tax and business rates in Scotland should be devolved in full to local authorities, a think-tank has argued.


  • Top-down plan shot down

    22 March 2017

    Town halls and experts have kicked back at sweeping proposals urging ministers to impose new devolution structures on places that fail to agree them locally.


  • We need to talk about the state of the state

    14 March 2017

    We are trying to pay for public services with a tax system based on property and full-time employment as we shift to online shopping and the gig economy, writes Heather Jameson.


  • The Budget reaffirms the need for fiscal freedom

    14 March 2017

    Bob Neill examines the details of the chancellor’s Budget and looks at why local government needs more fiscal devolution.


  • Devolution damaged by 'endless tinkering'

    14 March 2017

    Regional government has been subject to ‘endless tinkering’ which has damaged effective devolution and Britain’s economic performance, a damning study of Whitehall policy has found.


  • The revaluation row is a harbinger of controversies to come

    08 March 2017

    Michael Burton warns revaluation raises wider questions as to whether the current incentive to increase local business rate income is a sensible method.


  • Councils may lose out on growth after 100% rates retention

    08 March 2017

    Councils on the cusp of redistribution thresholds after 100% business rates retention could be discouraged from chasing economic growth, a top economist has warned.


  • MPs call for rates and LEP reviews

    03 March 2017

    MPs have called for separate government reviews of local enterprise partnerships (LEP) and the business rates system as part of the industrial strategy.