Fiscal Freedom | LocalGov

Government ignores sugar levy calls

12/04/2024

The Government has ignored Local Government Association (LGA) calls for the sugar levy to be spent by councils to tackle physical inactivity.

Land value tax could redistribute billions

09/11/2023

A plan to reform business rates could lead to billions of pounds being redistributed from high land value areas to other parts of the country.

Labour regeneration plans will fail 'without radical action'

31/10/2023

An incoming Labour government’s regeneration plans will fail without radical action to devolve financial decision-making, researchers have warned.

London Councils eyes apprenticeship levy devolution

09/10/2023

London Councils has named securing devolution of the apprenticeship levy to its boroughs to fund skills and employment activity as a key short-term priority.

South East Councils to consider devolution of vehicle excise duty

01/09/2023

The devolution of vehicle excise duty (VED) will be among the options expected to be considered by a London Finance Commission-style investigation.

COSLA and Holyrood strike 'landmark' deal

03/07/2023

A pledge for greater fiscal control for councils has been made in a ‘landmark agreement’ between national and local government in Scotland.

'No progress' on devolution to London

21/06/2023

The capital appears to have ‘taken a step backwards’ on devolution, a former chair of London Councils has said.

Progress on devolution 'too slow' - LGA vice-president

16/06/2023

A Local Government Association vice-president has expressed ‘serious concerns about the Government’s increasing desire to centralise local service delivery across England out of Whitehall’.

Labour outlines huge devolution push

05/12/2022

Labour proposes removing ‘dead hand of centralisation’ by devolving to local government wide-ranging powers over employment, growth, transport and education.

MPs call for urgent council finance reforms

19/07/2021

Councils should be given more flexibility to raise their own taxes and social care funding urgently needs to be reformed, MPs have said.

Reed accuses government of dropping devolution

07/07/2021

Shadow communities secretary Steve Reed has accused the Government of dropping its commitment to devolution.

Better response to pandemic from European councils, says think-tank

16/07/2020

Local government across Europe has been able to react to the coronavirus crisis with greater power and autonomy than in the UK, a report published today has found.

Council tax system needs 'fundamental reform'

16/05/2019

The council tax system is ‘highly regressive and unsustainable,’ and needs ‘fundamental reform,’ progressive think-tank IPPR has argued.

Think tank suggests introduction of local income tax

21/03/2019

Local income tax would be the best option for fiscal devolution if the Government wanted to hand more powers to local authorities, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) argued today.

Call for tourism tax review

05/02/2019

An inquiry into cultural investment in cities has called for a UK-wide review of the benefits of a tourism tax.

Councillors silenced on secret fiscal devolution report

31/10/2018

Senior councillors have been warned not to talk about a secret Local Government Association (LGA) report that models what fiscal devolution might look like, The MJ has been told.

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