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Keep carers in work to save £6bn, Government urged


The UK economy will lose billions this year because of unpaid carers who are unable to work, a think-tank has warned.

London Councils to step back support for land value tax plans


London Councils is expected to distance itself from backing the idea of a land value tax when its leaders meet next month.

Britain faces 'highest tax raising parliament in history', CCN told


Britain currently has the ‘highest tax raising parliament in history’, a leading economist has pointed out.

Land value tax could redistribute billions


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


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.

Tired of empty shops? It’s time to ban box shifting


Sian Berry AM, Green London Assembly Member and Camden councillor, calls for an end to the use of the tax evasion technique known as ‘box shifting’.

Call for pubs minister


The Government should offer pubs tax rebates and appoint a minister responsible for a long term-strategy for the sector, report by think-tank Localis argues.

‘Box shifting’ loophole costing councils £250m a year


Councils in England could save £250m annually if a legal loophole that enables landlords to avoid business rates was closed, campaigners say.

How to fix local government finance


Dr Greg Stride & Dr Andrew Walker, LGIU Local Democracy Research Centre, look at the lessons from other countries when it comes to local government finance.

Thriving tourism that supports local need


Cllr Adam Hug, leader of Westminster City Council, has set out three things needed for tourism to thrive in a way that meets the needs of residents.

Calls to scrap council tax hike as consultation closes


Councils should have complete control over their local tax, thinktank Reform Scotland has said in response to plans to increase council tax across Scotland.

London council calls for power to impose overnight levy


Westminster City Council has called on the Government to enable local authorities to tax tourists on stays.

Pubs 'vanishing' at alarming rate as closures jump 50%


The number of pubs that have been demolished or converted into other types of use has risen dramatically, with over 380 ‘vanishing’ this year.

Bristol rules out workplace parking levy


Bristol City Council has ruled out introducing a workplace parking levy because of the cost-of-living crisis.

Government heads off business rates review


A bid to secure a review of business rates in the House of Lords has failed.

Preventing future Section 114 notices


Joanne Pitt, Local Government Policy manager at CIPFA, reflects on Woking BC’s financial troubles and looks at the lessons for other councils.

Number of council staff earning over £100k down post-pandemic


The number of council staff receiving more than £100,000 is nearly at 2,800, according to campaigners, which is down slightly from last year.

Labour pledges to revitalise high streets


Labour will today promote its plan to revitalise ailing high streets through a £700m fund to help small businesses with soaring energy bills.

Tourism tax could raise councils nearly £430m, study says


More than £428m a year could be raised by imposing a £1-a-night levy on visitors staying in hotels, according to the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP).

Sugar levy prevented 5,000 cases of obesity every year


Council leaders have called on the Government to recommit to the sugar levy as a new study reveals it prevented more than 5,000 cases of obesity every year.

Councillors call for ‘polluter pays’ levy on tobacco


Local councillors have urged the Government to introduce a ‘polluter pays’ levy on tobacco manufacturers and to replace the expired plan to control tobacco.

MPs urge HMRC to up game


HMRC is failing to collect billions of pounds of tax it is owed each year that could have helped further fund local public services, MPs have warned.

Public EV network under pressure from electricity price rise


RAC and FairCharge have called on the Government to slash the VAT rate at public electric vehicle chargers after new data shows increase in charger costs.

Manchester introduces post-COVID ‘toursim tax’


Visitors to Manchester will be required to pay a ‘tourism tax’ as part of a new initiative to support the city’s accommodation sector after Brexit and COVID.

Councils invited to host Investment Zones


Local authorities are now able to apply to host a new Investment Zone, the Government announced over the weekend.

Mini-Budget: Kwarteng's plans to boost economic growth


New Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has unveiled a mini-Budget aimed at boosting the economy and growing his way out of the country’s financial woes.

Mini-Budget: Chancellor drops social care levy


Chancellor Kwarteng today confirmed that the National Insurance (NI) rise will be reversed and a planned levy to fund social care will be dropped.

Mini-Budget: Universal Credit sanctions tightened


Tens of thousands of people on Universal Credit face sanctions and reductions if they do not show up at jobcentres, under plans unveiled by the chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng.

Westminster council wages war on ‘dirty money’


Westminster council will take steps today to tackle economic crime in order to combat the capital’s reputation as the European centre for money laundering.

Westminster council calls for ‘reform’ of business rates


Westminster City Council has called for a ‘fundamental reform’ of business rates ahead of what the local authority warns will be a difficult winter.

Road-pricing system fairer than fuel tax


Charging motorists a levy based on the miles they drive would be fairer than taxing fuel and could address the cost of living crisis, think tank says.

Red diesel ban ‘tangible threat’ to waste strategy


The Chancellor has been warned that the red diesel ban is ‘counter intuitive’ and presents ‘a tangible threat’ to the Government’s waste strategy.

Council chiefs call for VAT cut on vaping products


The Government should cut Value Added Tax (VAT) on the sale of vaping products to help people to stop smoking, local authority leaders say.

Trade unions call for £200 fuel loan to be a grant


Trade unions have called on the Government to protect working families against further energy price rises as a result of the Ukraine crisis.

Councils concerned taxis ‘not aware’ of upcoming tax checks


Council leaders are concerned that taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) operators are ‘not aware’ of forthcoming conditionality tax checks, research finds.

Tax ‘loophole’ costs councils £110m


New research suggests business rates relief for holiday lets is currently worth £110m a year.

Council tax collection deficit hits £500m


Councils will need ‘additional help from taxpayers’ to balance their books, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy has warned.

Coronavirus leads to scrapping of three-year Spending Review


Plans to create a three-year settlement for public spending have been abandoned as latest figures show the havoc coronavirus is wreaking on the public finances.

Think tank calls for sweeping reforms to local taxes


A group of former Treasury special advisers have called for revaluation of the council tax and reform of  business rates to boost the economy post-COVID-19.

Council celebrates ‘landmark’ ruling that will save museums thousands


Exeter CC has welcomed a landmark ruling over the rateable valuation of a Grade II building in a court decision that could save museums thousands of pounds.

Majority of people support tax rises to solve social care crisis


Two thirds of people want tax increases to pay for health and social care, a new poll has revealed.

Small businesses call for ‘radical’ business rates reform


Representatives of small businesses have written to the chancellor calling on him to introduce business rates reform to help struggling firms.

High street retailers call for reform of ‘broken’ business rates


Over 50 high street retailers have signed a letter calling on Chancellor Sajid Javid to reform the business rates system.

London boroughs eye £750 workplace parking charge


Several London boroughs are considering introducing workplace parking levies (WPLs) of at least £750 a year to cut pollution and encourage active travel.

Council backs campaign for procurement reform


Oxford City Council has become the first authority to back a fair tax campaign.

Councils spend £74m on empty properties in two years


Local authorities have spent millions maintaining empty properties over the last couple of years, anti-tax campaigners have revealed.

Impact of tourism tax


Rory Alexander explores what the introduction of tourism tax in the UK could mean for local councils.

It’s ‘business as usual’ at Mersey bridge, council defiantly insists


Halton BC has said it is ‘business as usual’ at the Mersey Gateway despite a tribunal decision that the bridge’s crossing charge is 'not a tolling scheme’.

Scotland’s landfill ban will be £100m tax gift to England, waste experts say


Waste management experts have ‘expressed deep concern’ that Scotland is not prepared for a landfill ban which will lead to higher haulage costs for councils.

Edinburgh council votes in favour of ‘tourist tax’


City of Edinburgh councillors have voted in favour for what could be the UK’s first ‘tourist tax’.

‘Tweaking’ wealth taxes could raise £7bn a year, think tank says


Reforming Britain’s wealth taxes could help the Government raise £7bn a year by 2022-23 to help cover the cost of public services, a think tank has argued.

Council chiefs call for national taxation to save care services


Whitehall must start making the case for increases in national taxation in order to fund struggling adult social care services, local authority chiefs say.

Tax increases ‘possible solution’ to social care crisis, council chiefs say


Local government leaders have proposed a series of tax increases as ‘possible solutions’ to paying for adult social care over the long-term.

Tax-raising powers for mayors could help reduce health inequalities, report says


A leading research group has called for cities to be given more powers to help improve public health.

Think tank calls for ‘skills levy’ on construction industry


A leading think tank has called on the Government to introduce a levy in the construction industry to boost skills training as part of a plan for Brexit.

Tax increases on insurance exposing public sector to ‘higher risk’, insurer warns


Increases in the tax on insurance policies is leaving public sector and voluntary organisations exposed to higher risk, a leading insurer has warned.

Councils defend spending on public health interventions


Council chiefs have defended spending on tackling harmful lifestyle choices against ‘flawed’ study which accuses them of restricting individual freedom.

Wales to replace stamp duty with ‘progressive’ land tax


Most first-time buyers in Wales will no longer pay tax on their new home under plans announced by the devolved Welsh government.

Council chiefs hit back at ‘stealth tax’ accusation


Councils are imposing ‘stealth taxes’ on residents, think tank claims, but council chiefs argue they are bringing in less from fees than five years ago.

Landlords dodge nearly £200m of tax in London borough


Up to 13,000 landlords in one east London borough have failed to declare their rental income to the Government, the local council has found.

Care home residents hit with 'top up' stealth tax


A quarter of care home residents whose care is supposed to be free are being forced to pay top-up fees, according to Age UK.

Private schools to get £522m in tax breaks


More than half of all private schools in England and Wales are set to save millions thanks to charitable status and ‘lucrative’ tax breaks, research shows.

Gov plans to cut welfare to impact ‘poorest families’


Planned Government cuts will have a bigger effect on the entitlements of the poorest families than those made by the coalition, analysts say.

New tax transparency App launched


A campaign group has launched a new free-to-download App which provides access to local council data on mobile devices.

County leader hits out at precept capping for town and parish councils


Proposals forcing town and parish councils to hold costly referendums if they wish to increase tax by more than 2% have been labelled damaging by county leader.

Holyrood should create ‘clear’ taxation framework


The Scottish government should create a ‘clear framework’ to govern its approach to taxation and make local authorities more accountable, financial body says.

Whilehall should scrap stamp duty, campaigners says


The Government should abolish the ‘unfair’ stamp duty, campaign group says.

May urged to give mayors greater freedoms and powers


New prime minister Theresa May has been urged to give new regional mayors more borrowing and taxation powers, and lift borrowing rates for councils.

Dispute over British Museum’s tax bill


The British Museum has challenged Camden Council over a £720,000 tax bill.

Charity urges councils to crack down on tax avoiding suppliers


A campaign has been launched to encourage more local authorities to take into account a company’s tax record when awarding contracts.

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