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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.

Call for local income tax collection for biggest city regions

08/11/2023

More taxation powers, including the ability to keep a proportion of income tax, should be devolved to England’s three biggest city regions, a think-tank has argued.

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.

'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’.

Northern Powerhouse group calls for ‘proper fiscal devolution’

20/03/2023

New council tax ‘super bands’ covering the most valuable properties and the devolution of stamp duty will help local leaders retain local cash, report says.

Starmer makes devolution bill pledge

05/01/2023

A swathe of new powers would be devolved from central Government under a Labour administration, leader Sir Kier Starmer has promised in a key speech.

Cornwall £360m devolution deal unveiled

02/12/2022

A £360m devolution deal on offer to Cornwall has been unveiled today.

Unleash wave of mayoral devo, says think tank

20/06/2022

A report from the centre right Onward think tank has urged the Government to step back from ‘micromanaging’ England’s cities and counties and unleash a wave of mayoral devolution.

South East needs 'unified' approach to create a devolution framework

22/03/2022

Government must rethink the assumption that directing investment away from an ‘overheated’ South East will ‘cool’ the region and ‘heat’ the rest of the country, a report has warned today.

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.

Tear down devolution 'barriers,' APPG urges

09/03/2021

Powers should be devolved to councils before reorganisation takes place, a new report has concluded.

Scottish councils release blueprint for change

07/09/2020

A local government blueprint laying out the changes required to unlock councils’ full potential has been published by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) today.

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.

Councils need billions more in funding, research finds

10/11/2019

Councils will need billions of extra pounds worth of funding in the next parliament, if they are to meet the rising cost of adult social care, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has calculated.

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.

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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