Planning for the rates revolution

By David Phillips | 26 October 2016

Ongoing changes to the way councils in England are funded are genuinely revolutionary.

From a system where councils relied largely on central government grants allocated – at least in principle if not always in practice – on the basis of need, by 2020 councils will instead be funded almost entirely by revenues from council tax and business rates. While some redistribution will continue, councils will be much more reliant on their own ability to generate revenues.

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