Councils should have retained business rates as extra revenue

The money councils receive from the further retention of business rates should be an additional revenue, and not replace existing sources, says committee.

Government Property Agency to generate £1 billion

The Cabinet Office launched the Government Property Agency (GPA) on 1 April with the aim to generate more than £1 billion in financial savings.

Authorities set for largest council tax rise in 13 years

Official figures released have shown that council tax levels will increase by an average of 5.1 per cent across England in 2018/19.

Legislation to reverse the impact of a ‘staircase tax’

Sajid Javid will introduce legislation that will reverse the impact of a ‘staircase tax’, which he says has unfairly affected up to a thousand businesses.

Plans announced for deposit return scheme

The Environment Secretary has announced that a deposit return scheme to increase recycling rates and reduce waste pollution will be consulted upon.

Javid minded to send Commissioners to Northamptonshire CC

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced action to ensure that Northamptonshire County Council improves its financial management.

Decisions on intervention sent from local plan failings

Sajid Javid has written to 15 local authorities to inform them of decisions on intervention following their continued failure to produce a local plan.

Government error overpays councils by £36 million

What has been deemed an ‘historic error’ by the government has seen local councils overpaid a total of £36 million more than they were entitled to.

Committee finds rural communities being failed by government

The Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities has urged for a radical change in how the countryside is looked after.

Care leaver initiative only funding one in five

The LGA has expressed concern over an initiative for children leaving care only having enough funding to support one in five young people.

Two Somerset councils merger approved

A planned merger between Somerset’s West Somerset and Taunton Deane Borough councils has been approved despite growing criticism.

Gov investment in building new homes has plummeted

The CIH has revealed that government investment in building new homes has plummeted while spending on housing benefit has soared.

New plans set out to strengthen local government in Wales

Alun Davies has published plans that could see Wales' 22 councils merged to as few as ten, as part of local government reform proposals.

Local government post Brexit right agreed

A process will be established to consult local government on matters previously consulted on through the EU Committee of the Regions.

‘Outdated and regressive’ council tax should be ditched

The government should consider scrapping the current ‘regressive’ council tax system in favour of a fairer system.

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