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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.

Catching up – Improving council tax arrears collection

March 27, 2017

The CAB report ‘Catching up – improving council tax arrears' identifies why people accrue arrears, how councils deal with them and how individuals manage the circumstance of being in arrears. It suggests ways councils can improve council tax collection by making it more person-centred and more responsive to individual circumstances.

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: 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.

Managing the challenges of localised Council Tax Support

July 21, 2015

Research conducted by the New Policy Institute for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation explores Council Tax Support schemes. There were no obvious patterns by political control, demography or location. This briefings will be of interest to members and officers with an interest in welfare reform, poverty reduction, and finance.

Update on Council Tax Support

March 19, 2014

This is the latest in a series of briefings on local Council Tax Support (CTS) schemes. It focuses mostly on a short report produced by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on March 11. The PAC took evidence from the DCLG, but also built on evidence in a report published in…

Council tax support schemes: what's happening?

February 5, 2013

The introduction of the new council tax support scheme (replacing council tax benefit) in April 2013 is a hugely significant reform. The new scheme has been brought in at the same time as a ten per cent cut in the funding available for support for council tax. This briefing summarises…

Local Government Finance Act 2012 – Council Tax Reforms

December 11, 2012

The Local Government Finance Act 2012 brings in arrangements for localised council tax support schemes to replace council tax benefit from April 2013. It also provides local authorities flexibility on the council tax that can be charged on empty homes and provides them with the freedom to publish council tax…

Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

November 12, 2012 by Marian Ogun

The question session will take place on Monday 12 November at 2:30pm. There will be four questions about how the revenue from the forthcoming auction of the 4G mobile telephone spectrum will be used to fund an affordable homes building programme. There will also questions on the transitional council tax…

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