• Will the cap fit this time?

    12 April 2022

    There are at least three reasons why more delays to the Government’s social care plans would not help secure a better system and could even make things worse. Richard Humphries explains.

  • IFS: public services to 'feel the squeeze'

    24 March 2022

    The public sector faces a renewed squeeze from the summer due to inflation and higher than budgeted pay rises according to an Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) analysis of yesterday’s spring statement.

  • Social care needs more cash whether tax hike happens or not, says SIGOMA

    25 January 2022

    Adult social care will need extra funding whether the Government’s planned tax hike goes ahead or not, the chair of the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA) has said.

  • White van man on... tax reform

    19 January 2022

    I’m no expert on town hall finances, nor are the suits, judging by the mess they’re in, but a thought came to me as I was rolling my fifth Rizla in the motor while up the rear end of a dawdling VW Golf.

  • Tax reforms offer solutions to finance flaws - report

    14 January 2022

    Changes to the current system could resolve issues around sufficiency and unfairness, and support local economies, according to new research commissioned by the Local Government Association.

  • Councils promised tax overhaul

    23 November 2021

    Reform of council tax, including devolved powers for local authorities, are among the plans in a co-operation agreement between Labour and Plaid Cymru in Wales.

  • District expectations tempered for Spending Review

    21 October 2021

    The District Councils’ Network annual conference has heard reforms to local government finance are not expected in the short-term.

  • Fixing social care

    09 September 2021

    Kathryn Smith outlines her main concerns about the Government’s new plans for tackling the crisis in social care and offers her vision for a ‘fully transformed’ system.

  • Chancellor faces tough call on on care, pensions and welfare

    06 September 2021

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak will need to make a series of tough choices this autumn, the Resolution Foundation think-tank has said.

  • LGA backs rates revaluation reforms

    27 August 2021

    The Local Government Association has backed more frequent business rates revaluations in its response to a Whitehall consultation.

  • Tax ‘loophole’ costs councils £110m

    09 August 2021

    New research suggests business rates relief for holiday lets is currently worth £110m a year.

  • Business rates appeals to cost £1bn

    06 August 2021

    Councils in England are braced for a £1.2bn loss as result of business rates appeals this year.

  • Government borrowing drops

    22 June 2021

    Government borrowing last month at £24.3bn was £19.4bn lower than the same month in 2020 thanks to better than expected tax revenues.

  • What can councils do to stand up for fair tax conduct?

    07 June 2021

    This is Fair Tax Week. Rachel Bentley says councils across the UK need to lead the way on tax conduct and ensure their practices stand up to scrutiny.

  • Council tax collection deficit hits £500m

    27 May 2021

    Councils will need ‘additional help from taxpayers’ to balance their books, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy has warned.

  • Call for tax hike to fund social care

    07 May 2021

    A commission led by The Lancet and London School of Economics has argued for a 1p increase to income tax, National Insurance and VAT to enable annual funding increases of 4%.

  • Future Forum North: 'Business rates will be like Tudor beard tax'

    17 March 2021

    A senior finance director has said ‘anachronistic’ business rates are ‘going in the direction of the Tudor beard tax’.

  • Picking up the pieces and rethinking public services

    03 March 2021

    As Rishi Sunak braces the UK for tax rises 'it has to be about more than just replenishing the public purse', writes Heather Jameson. 'This is a chance to rethink public services and how we fund them.'

  • Sunak to reveal £5bn for high streets

    01 March 2021

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected announce a further £5bn to rescue high streets in the Budget on Wednesday.

  • 'Amazon tax' will make matters worse, says MP

    11 February 2021

    Adding an online sales tax to a broken business rates system will only make matters worse, a Conservative MP who is pushing to scrap business rates has said.