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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…

The future of high streets: progress since the Portas Review

July 18, 2013

Eighteen months on from the Portas Review of high streets, the Government has published a progress report on national and local policies and initiatives to revitalise high streets and town centres. This briefing summarises the report and offers comment on key related developments and issues affecting high streets policy. This…

Local Government Finance Act 2012 – Non-domestic rates

January 15, 2013

The Local Government Finance Act 2012 introduces a business rates retention scheme in England enabling local authorities to retain a proportion of the non-domestic rates generated in their area. It also supports the development of Tax Incremental Financing and Enterprise Zones by enabling local authorities to borrow for capital schemes…

EVENT: The Financial Implications of the Localism Act and the Local Government Finance Bill

February 27, 2012 by LGiU

In February, LGiU published research we’ve conducted with local finance officers on the impact and implications of the Local Government Finance Bill. The full results can be found here. Some key findings are: 47% of councils thought they will lose financially through the Bill Only 15% of councils thought they could absorb the…

LGiU/MJ Local Finance Bill survey: analysis and infographics

February 24, 2012 by Andy Sawford

  The LGiU and MJ council finances survey gives mixed reviews of how localist the government’s policies are and what the practical impact will be.  A clear majority believe the government’s finance bill is decentralising, but around half are concerned that they will lose out in changes to business rates.   There is a…

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