The Queen's Speech 2016 included major bills on business rates retention, higher education reform, and substantial planning, transport, and digital economy measures. The challenges for local leadership teams remains constructing a coherent, tailored local approach to growth and devolution in the face of continuing inconsistencies and tensions nationally.
This briefing describes recent announcements by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Deputy First Minister of Scotland on business rate reform. It places them in the context of legislation and reviews of business rates over the last six years. It reproduces relevant excerpts on the announcement and comments on them.
Generating income to fund services is becoming increasing critical. This is the first of two briefings looking at the many different approaches to raising income being adopted by councils.
On Your Radar provides regular updates on information from central government and other key organisations; looks back over the last period and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months. This edition focuses on the party conferences.
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.
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.
The LGiU's comments on the 2015 Budget.
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.
Our full analysis of the 2015 LGiU/MJ survey results on the state of local government finance. Jonathan Carr-West provides his commentary.
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…