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100% Business Rates Retention: Further consultation

April 18, 2017

The government’s further consultation on the design of the reformed business rates system runs until 3 May. It covers resets, pooling, Local Growth Zones, appeals, tier splits, the safety net and the central list. This briefing sets it in context, describes it and comments on it.


Local Government Finance Bill 2017

March 29, 2017

The Local Government Finance Bill 2017 includes measures relating to business rate reliefs, business rate retention, multiplier flexibilities, the annual finance settlement, and council tax referenda. This briefing summarises the contents of the original Bill and amendments voted on and passed in its Committee Stage in the House of Commons.


Update: DCLG-LGA working groups on 100% Business Rate Retention

February 16, 2017

DCLG and LGA have set up working groups to consider details of the proposed 100% Business Rate Retention system. This briefing provides a digest of and comment on their work since the July 2016 consultation on the system, grouping the papers by issue.


2017 business rates revaluation

November 10, 2016

September and early October saw the release of a number of documents relating to the 2017 revaluation. These were issued by the VOA and DCLG. There was also an observation published by the IFS on the 28 September releases. This report summarises these publications and comments on them.


Consultation on 100% Business Rates Retention: needs & redistribution

September 14, 2016

In July 2016, the government published a consultation “Self-sufficient local government: 100% business rates retention”. This briefing is on the second of the two documents in this publication, "Business rates reform: Call for evidence on Needs and Redistribution". The call for evidence runs until Monday 26 September


Consultation on 100% Business Rates Retention: Flexibilities and practicalities

September 6, 2016

On 5 July 2016, the Government published a consultation “Self-sufficient local government: 100% business rates retention”. This briefing is the second of two on the main paper of this consultation, covering roughly the second half of the document, from page 28. The consultation runs until Monday 26 September.


Consultation on 100% Business Rates Retention: Devolution and Evolution

August 30, 2016

On 5 July, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published a consultation “Self-sufficient local government: 100% business rates retention”. This briefing is the first of two on the main paper of this consultation, covering the first 27 pages of the document. The consultation runs until Monday 26 September.


Improving Business Rates Retention – IPPR “Better Rates”

August 1, 2016

The IPPR report “Better Rates” looks ahead to the introduction of 100 per cent business rates retention, modelling potential outcomes for the policy, and identifies a weakness. This briefing summarises the report and looks at possible scenarios for this radical change.


Queen’s Speech 2016 – devolution and local growth

June 13, 2016

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.


Business Rates devolution

November 4, 2015

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.


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