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Documents addressing a raft of thorny issues surrounding councils retaining their business rates have been published. The Department for Communities & Local Government has unveiled eight technical papers which senior council figures hope will clarify the implications of a localised business rates system for local government.
Prime minister David Cameron has announced plans to stop council tax and business rates payments for properties seriously damaged by the riots.
Sometimes, being a minister at the DCLG must feel like looking over the tennis net to see [this years Wimbledon champion] Novak Djokovic grinning back at you… a sinking feeling as you realise you just cant win.
The governments system for repatriating business rates could put public services in poorer areas at further risk, while richer local authorities may lack the necessary incentives for growth, Public Finance has been told.
Alex Thomson of Localis says Government plans are a big step in the right direction
In advance of today’s announcement by the government outlining their consultation on business rates reform, Alex Thomson, Chief Executive of local government think-tank Localis, said: “We are pleased that the Government are moving forward with plans for the local retention of business rates – this is a big step in the right direction. In the […]
Ministers are set to unveil proposals on re-localising business rates to councils today, the Department for Communities & Local Government has confirmed.
Communities secretary Eric Pickles is expected to make an oral statement to the House of Commons before publication of a consultation on the first phase of the local government resource review.
David Cameron has unveiled plans to end the era of “old fashioned” delivery of public services by allowing almost all of them to be opened up to competition from the private and voluntary sector.
This is certainly a government keen to get on
with things but, as befits a prime minister who
made localism a key plank of his election platform,
activity at CLG has been particularly pronounced.