A huge year – but will local government’s voice be heard?
'While politicians are holding the line – that councils have plenty of cash and financial failure equals poor management – there are indications that they know it’s not so clear cut', says Heather Jameson.
Autumn’s big Statement
Sir Bob Neill welcomes the Autumn Statement’s response to councils’ calls for action on the Local Housing Allowance but is concerned by what little there was on adult social care and looked-after children.
Sunak vows to keep public spending down
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has kicked off election year with a promise to keep public spending down and cut taxes.
Future Forum North: Higher taxes bring little cheer for public services
The future for funding public services looks bleak despite record levels of taxation, the MJ’s Future Forum has heard.
Autumn Statement: not what it says on the tin
Kate Ogden says it seems likely either taxes will have to rise further, borrowing will have to rise, or the range and quality of public services provided will have to fall.
Britain faces 'highest tax raising parliament in history', CCN told
Britain currently has the ‘highest tax raising parliament in history’, a leading economist has pointed out.
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.
Should councils be given powers to impose a tourist tax?
Centralisation is not a cosy cocoon
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'.
London council calls for power to impose overnight levy
Westminster City Council has called on the Government to enable local authorities to tax tourists.
Beware the allure of fiscal freedoms
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.
Government heads off business rates review
A bid to secure a review of business rates in the House of Lords has failed.
UK debt breaks 100% ceiling
Total UK debt has broken the 100% ceiling as a share of the economy for the first time in 62 years after borrowing doubled.
If the reading of opinion is faulty, nothing gets done
Public preference and tolerance is commonly underestimated and misunderstood, and we need more leaders who understand when to ignore opinion polls, says chief executive of Ipsos Ben Page.
Borrowing £12bn higher than last year
Room to increase spending or reduce taxes has narrowed after the latest figures showed borrowing was £11.9bn higher than the same time last year.
Investment zones could be part of the answer
The new plans for investment zones are a major improvement on the previous version, but a number of pitfalls need to be avoided, says Henri Murison.
Ministers to push ahead with building safety levy plans
Ministers are to push ahead with plans that will pile fresh tax collecting burdens on English councils.
Number of council staff earning more than £100k down
Council chief executives have defended new figures showing the number of council staff receiving more than £100,000 is nearly at 2,800.
Labour pledges to revitalise high streets
Labour will today promote its plan to revitalise ailing high streets through a £700m fund to help small businesses with soaring energy bills.
Tourism tax could raise nearly £430m for councils, study finds
More than £428m a year could be raised by imposing a £1-a-night levy on visitors staying in hotels, according to the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP).