• ‘Local works best’

    28 January 2020

    The fact that devolution hasn’t happened yet across Yorkshire ‘isn’t for the want of trying’, says Tom Riordan. But he adds that a solution may finally be close, and it’s vital that all parts of the region benefit.

  • Council told to urgently overhaul company

    18 December 2019

    Gloucester City Council’s arms-length market company lacks accountability and clarity of purpose, an independent review has found.

  • After the fire

    03 December 2019

    Liaison with a wide range of sectors including emergency planners ensured a well-co-ordinated response after a ferocious fire at a listed seafront hotel in Eastbourne, says Tim Whelan.

  • Making the most of our cultural assets

    27 November 2019

    The three councils of Lancaster City, Barrow and South Lakeland are coming together to pilot a new model that 'aims to capture and maximise our individual and collective cultural assets', says Lawrence Conway.

  • Let’s back the tourist tax

    15 October 2019

    Cllr Nickie Aiken argues that a modest levy on overnight visitor stays raised locally would go straight into services that help to boost tourism.

  • Growing a city the holistic way

    09 October 2019

    Chief executive of Belfast City Council Suzanne Wylie talks to Ann McGauran about the ambitious 20-year place-shaping community plan, prioritising inclusive growth, the Brexit factor, and more.

  • Delivering a compelling longer-term vision of place

    01 October 2019

    In shaping an area-based agenda it's important to remember that place is made up of people as well as spaces, says Sheila Oxtoby.

  • Think-tank calls for more local taxes

    19 September 2019

    There appear to be ‘few’ legislative barriers to bringing in new local taxes as long as the money raised went towards local authority expenditure, think-tank IPPR Scotland has said.

  • Be careful what you wish for on new revenue sources

    11 September 2019

    In one province in Canada, integration has clearly not provided the complete answer to what is a financial hole familiar in the UK, says Michael Burton. But we don't have cannabis sales to help plug the gap.

  • Edinburgh welcomes tourism tax plan

    09 September 2019

    SNP-controlled Edinburgh City Council has welcomed the inclusion of a Transient Visitor Levy Bill in the Scottish Government’s programme for Scotland.

  • Councils push for powers to regulate Airbnb accommodation

    19 August 2019

    Bath & North East Somerset Council has joined calls for powers to regulate Airbnb accommodation.

  • White Van Man on... tourism

    14 August 2019

    As usual the place is awash with tourists.

  • Going local on tax raising

    13 August 2019

    Boris Johnson has promised to grant more powers to local government, but has been silent on how to finance them. Alistair Jones argues it’s time to use some imagination.

  • Brum tourist tax call from ex-ministers

    22 July 2019

    Former ministers have called for a tourist tax to be trialled in Birmingham to help fund the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.

  • Time for a UK-wide debate on tourism levies

    03 July 2019

    Cities south of the border including Birmingham have plans to consider tourism levies. Cllr Judith Blake says Core Cities UK believes it's time for a national discussion about whether one might work in the UK.

  • Driving ahead with a new cultural and tourism strategy

    18 June 2019

    Great Yarmouth BC is finalising a new strategy aligning its tourism and cultural offers, says Sheila Oxtoby - and alongside this it is shaping a 'place story' to support promotion.

  • Welcome to Yorkshire chair resigns as expenses investigations begin

    18 April 2019

    The board chairman of a Yorkshire tourism body has resigned following an expenses scandal that has led to councils withdrawing financial support.

  • Doubts over new taxes to fund Commonwealth Games

    15 April 2019

    New forms of tax are unlikely to fill a £40m hole in funding for the Commonwealth Games budget, councillors in Birmingham have been told.

  • Leading regeneration in coastal communities

    09 April 2019

    Great Yarmouth is one of just five ‘future places’ in England selected for a new programme to showcase and support councils with ambitious visions for shaping their areas’ futures, says Sheila Oxtoby.

  • A taxing problem

    21 March 2019

    Heather Jameson looks at the latest report from the IFS’s Local Government Finance Commission, which suggests a local income tax would be the best option for fiscal devolution.