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Business Rates Review discussion paper

June 3, 2015

On 16 March 2015, the government published a discussion paper as the first stage of a new review of business rates. Responses to this discussion paper are requested by 12 June 2015. This briefing places the paper in context, summarises its contents and comments on them.

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Leadership and governance of local growth – pre-general election round up

March 24, 2015

With all major parties professing devolution of local growth leadership and funding post-election, there are major opportunities for local authorities to build a case for enhanced devolution. This briefing considers what the major parties are saying, and some of the issues any local case should address.

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Budget 2015

March 18, 2015

The LGiU's comments on the 2015 Budget.


Update on Business Rates

March 12, 2015

This briefing summarises publications relating to Business Rates in the period since (and including) December’s Autumn Statement. It is relevant to anyone concerned with any aspect of business rates, including billing, collection and strategic finance functions., including councillors and officers, particularly in billing authorities, but also in precepting authorities.

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High street performance and evolution: a brief guide to the evidence

August 31, 2014

The Future High Streets Forum, a group of stakeholders and experts convened by Government in 2013 to advise on and champion policies to support high streets and town centres, has commissioned an evidence review on the issues affecting high street performance and competitiveness, carried out by the University of Southampton…

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Mending the Fractured Economy: the final report of the Adonis Review

July 14, 2014

In 2013, Labour peer and former Minister Lord Adonis launched a wide-ranging review of industrial policy to inform the Labour Party’s manifesto for the 2015 General Election. The final report of the Adonis Review, supported by the Policy Network think tank, was published on 1st July 2014 and included a…


Administration of Business Rates in England discussion paper

May 22, 2014

On 10 April, the government published a discussion paper "Administration of Business Rates in England". This briefing describes the current Business Rate system and summarises the issues and questions in the paper. It places these in the context of: * Business Rates Retention (BRR) * Autumn Statement 2013 * The…


The 2014 IFS Green Budget

February 20, 2014

This briefing deals with selected chapters in the latest IFS Green Budget, focusing in particular on the prognosis for the UK economy, the public finances, and incomes growth. Also dealt with are chapters on business rates, housing, and policies to help the low paid. This briefing will be of particular…

The vanishing high street: the Grimsey Review

September 18, 2013

The last three years have seen various strands of work, by Government, local authorities and civil society to draw together policies and measures to help preserve and rejuvenate high streets and town centres, notably activity stemming from Mary Portas' Government-commissioned review in 2011. In September 2013, former Wickes and Iceland…

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