Land value tax could redistribute billions
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.
‘City region powers can boost growth’
The next Government should devolve fiscal powers to the country’s three biggest city regions in a bid to boost growth, the Centre for Cities think-tank has urged.
Labour regeneration plans will fail 'without radical action'
An incoming Labour government’s regeneration plans will fail without radical action to devolve financial decision-making, researchers have warned.
Welsh councils to wait for tourism tax
Tourism taxes will not be in place in Wales until 2027, the Welsh Government has estimated.
London Councils eyes apprenticeship levy devolution
London Councils has named securing devolution of the apprenticeship levy to its boroughs to fund skills and employment activity as a key short-term priority.
Smith calls for boroughs to be handed vehicle excise duty share
Devolved funding from vehicle excise duty should be allocated directly to the capital’s 32 boroughs instead of via Transport for London (TfL), an influential council leader has argued.
South East Councils to consider devolution of vehicle excise duty
The devolution of vehicle excise duty (VED) will be among the options expected to be considered by a London Finance Commission-style investigation over the coming months.
COSLA and Holyrood strike 'landmark' deal
A pledge for greater fiscal control for councils has been made in a ‘landmark agreement’ between national and local government in Scotland.
'No progress' on devolution to London
The capital appears to have ‘taken a step backwards’ on devolution, a former chair of London Councils has said.
Progress on devolution 'too slow' - LGA vice-president
A Local Government Association vice-president has expressed ‘serious concerns about the Government’s increasing desire to centralise local service delivery across England out of Whitehall’.
Minister visits Edinburgh to mark tourism tax legislation
Public finance minister Tom Arthur visited Edinburgh to mark the publication of a Bill that would allow councils to charge a levy on overnight stays.
Levelling up and devolution 'still too slow'
The gap between the highest and lowest ranked UK cities is narrowing but levelling up and devolution are still too slow, according to a new study.
Northern Powerhouse architect calls for swift fiscal devolution
One of the architects of the Northern Powerhouse has called for a five-step devolution of fiscal powers for mayors and council leaders.
Powys invited for talks on levy
The council has passed a motion calling for a levy on piped water and energy that leaves the authority’s borders.
Carter: Reorganisation will boost fiscal devolution case
Fiscal devolution must be accompanied by reorganisation and growth incentives if councils are to become more than care providers, a sector expert has warned.
Labour outlines huge devolution push
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has proposed removing the ‘dead hand of centralisation’ by devolving to local government wide-ranging powers over employment, growth, transport and education.
Sector welcomes Sturgeon tourism tax moves
Local government figures have welcomed plans announced yesterday by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to give councils the freedom to levy a tourism tax.
Polling backs councils' fiscal devolution call
Ministers should devolve fiscal powers to councils to boost the UK’s economic recovery, South East Councils (SEC) has urged.
Driscoll urges Labour to back fiscal devolution
North of Tyne’s Labour Mayor Jamie Driscoll has urged his party to back fiscal devolution.
Renewed fiscal devo push
The Government has revealed it is in talks with local areas about extra financial powers as Michael Gove hinted he was pushing for fiscal devolution.