Councils have hit back at claims over 'shambolic' delays in handing out Government cash to help small firms cope with business rate rises.
County councils in England have called for a ‘new deal’ during the current Parliament, including devolved powers akin to those held by Britain’s major cities.
Small firms have urged the Government to make councils speed up giving out grants to help cope with big increases in business rates.
Referendums on council tax limits should be abolished in order to secure the financial sustainability of councils, Lord Porter will argue later today.
The Local Government Finance Bill has been dropped from the legislative programme, leaving plans for business rates retention in limbo.
A Scottish parliamentary committee will write to local authorities and the Scottish Government about pressure childcare organisations are facing over increased business rates.
Local government leaders have called on all political parties to adopt its 10-point plan to boost local services and drive economic growth.
Plans to roll out 100% business rates retention from April 2019 have been thrown into the air by the calling of the General Election.
Council tax and business rates in Scotland should be devolved in full to local authorities, think tank says.
Councils are being urged to distribute the funding to help businesses affected by the increase in rates as ‘speedily and fairly’ as possible.