Fiscal devolution

  • London stalling?

    13 February 2024

    Nick Bowes sets out the reasons why more progress hasn’t been made on devolution in London and looks at what’s likely to happen next.


  • Where is fiscal devolution?

    13 February 2024

    In the first of a series of articles on what the next government could learn from the Lyons Review, Jonathan Werran suggests fiscal freedom could unlock growth to bring in more cash for the Treasury.


  • Making the first move on devo

    08 January 2024

    Dr Simon Kaye says central government will have to work very differently if a more radical programme of devolution is to happen – and local government may be forced to make the first move.


  • Powering ahead in the West Midlands

    27 November 2023

    The West Midlands Combined Authority is to receive a departmental-style single funding settlement from Government that will enable it to deliver prosperity for local people in the years ahead, writes Laura Shoaf.


  • Let the citizens decide

    20 November 2023

    Ross Mudie asks if the public hold the key to navigating economic challenges – and he highlights citizens’ jury research that says the chancellor should press ahead with rolling out fiscal devolution nationwide.


  • Is it time to remove the reins on local government finances?

    13 November 2023

    Centralisation clearly isn’t working for England, so could radical plans for fiscal devolution be the solution, asks the ICAEW’s Alison Ring.


  • Land value tax could redistribute billions

    09 November 2023

    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’

    08 November 2023

    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'

    31 October 2023

    An incoming Labour government’s regeneration plans will fail without radical action to devolve financial decision-making, researchers have warned.


  • Listen to the local

    23 October 2023

    Party conferences are long on rhetoric but leave local government with more questions than answers, argues Sir Bob Neill.


  • Welsh councils to wait for tourism tax

    23 October 2023

    Tourism taxes will not be in place in Wales until 2027, the Welsh Government has estimated.


  • Government advisers back fiscal devolution

    23 October 2023

    Fiscal devolution should be ramped up to enable local authorities to develop transport networks, according to the Government’s independent advisers on infrastructure strategy.


  • Giving power away: Labour needs to turn rhetoric into reality

    16 October 2023

    Labour needs to articulate a more concrete vision for how they would go further and faster on devolution – particularly on how local government will feed into the wider mission framework for government, says Ross Mudie.


  • London Councils eyes apprenticeship levy devolution

    09 October 2023

    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.


  • Centralisation is not a cosy cocoon

    27 September 2023

    When Detroit went bust it seemed to prove the riskiness of local self-government, says Jessica Studdert. But Birmingham going into effective bankruptcy 'should end any naive assumptions the Whitehall model provides anything like a safety net'.


  • Smith calls for boroughs to be handed vehicle excise duty share

    15 September 2023

    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.


  • Beware the allure of fiscal freedoms

    11 September 2023

    Without boosting local government, plans for financial devolution at a time of such national economic fragility need to be viewed with caution, says Charlotte Alldritt.


  • South East Councils to consider devolution of vehicle excise duty

    01 September 2023

    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.


  • Power through partnership

    04 July 2023

    More than a decade after the Commission on the Future of Local Government, and as we advance towards a General Election, Tom Riordan asks if its core propositions hold good, and he sets out what the sector should want to see in the party manifestos.


  • 'No progress' on devolution to London

    21 June 2023

    The capital appears to have ‘taken a step backwards’ on devolution, a former chair of London Councils has said.