Council Tax

  • Greens to push for council tax revaluation

    14 June 2024

    Elected Greens will push for a re-evaluation of council tax bands to ‘reflect big changes in value’ since the 1990s, the party has pledged in its manifesto.


  • Councils could face taxing challenge after election

    11 June 2024

    Whether it be council tax or other charges, the more freedom councils are given to raise revenue locally the greater the risk of strain in their relationship with local people, says Paul Marinko.


  • A letter to the new PM

    11 June 2024

    Steve Leach and Colin Copus write to the next Prime Minister with ideas for strengthening local government, including offering councils complete freedom to agree council tax levels.


  • Welsh editors in warning over council tax notice law

    11 June 2024

    Editors in Wales have issued a warning over the Welsh Government’s plans to stop council tax notices being published in local newspapers. 


  • Hunt rules out ‘expensive’ council tax revaluation

    06 June 2024

    Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has pledged that if elected a Conservative government would not undertake a council tax revaluation.


  • Truths and consequences behind LURA

    21 May 2024

    The Levelling Up and Regeneration Act finally made it into the statute book, but a raft of big ticket items have yet to be implemented. Will it survive a Starmer Government? Martin Ford reports.


  • Wales pushes back council tax reform

    15 May 2024

    Council tax reforms will not come into force until 2028, the Welsh Government has announced.


  • Election timetable means councils face race against time

    03 May 2024

    Councils’ next finance settlement may have to be announced before a Spending Review amid ‘extremely accelerated’ demands after the General Election, experts have warned.


  • districtview

    30 April 2024

    Perhaps the sector would benefit from clear KPIs for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, including about when it will reform the local government finance system, says Ian Miller.


  • Scottish councils’ debt is one-and-a-half times funding

    08 April 2024

    The debt of councils in Scotland is more than one-and-a-half times the latest local government funding settlement, the Scottish Conservatives have found.


  • Let’s restart the housing debate

    03 April 2024

    Key Cities’ manifesto details nine policy recommendations to help councils address the housing shortage – and the next Government must begin introducing targets on day one, says Lorna Fielker.


  • Local government: One sector ready for the challenge

    02 April 2024

    While there’s still so much uncertainty around local government, it is positive to be thinking ahead to meaningful and lasting change, says Tracy Bingham.


  • Ministers stand firm on tax bands

    26 March 2024

    Ministers have reiterated to MPs there are ‘no plans’ to revalue council tax bands due to the cost and disproportionate impact on lower-income households and pensioners.


  • Scottish councils in tax U-turn

    25 March 2024

    Argyll and Bute and Inverclyde councils had both voted to raise tax in defiance of the Scottish Government's efforts to secure a nationwide freeze.


  • Future Forum: ‘Hope’ for council tax overhaul

    20 March 2024

    Labour could be presented with an opportunity to reform council tax if election polls are borne out, The MJ’s Future Forum has heard.


  • Welsh council tax rises finalised

    13 March 2024

    The average council tax rise for Welsh local authorities will be just over 8% next year.


  • Who can solve the council tax conundrum?

    13 March 2024

    In the latest of The MJ’s series outlining a new vision for local government, drawing from the Lyons review, Jon Rowney considers the options for council tax reform.


  • Limited exemptions for empty homes powers

    11 March 2024

    Councils will face only a limited number of exemptions from new powers allowing them to levy higher taxes on empty homes, ministers have confirmed.


  • Daring to be bold

    06 March 2024

    The MJ’s series on building a new vision for local government, drawing from the 2007 Lyons Review, continues as Piali Das Gupta looks at how councils can do hard things successfully. 'We should have every confidence in the strength of our offer.'


  • Council funding crisis ‘existential’

    01 March 2024

    Local government’s funding crisis threatens to derail ambitions to level up the north of England, it has been claimed.