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In Depth: Planning
Proposals to open up the planning process are unclear on standards and independence
The process could be a non-starter or very significant depending on regulations to come
Social housing is dead and effective local planning severely hampered by central control
Removing barriers to expanding housing output and cutting costs will stimulate development
The concept of shopping around has been applied to many areas of the public realm. This includes education, through giving parents more choice over what school their offspring attend; hospitals, through patient choice; and, now, planning.
Research: Council tax
LGC council tax tracker 2016Subscription
LGC’s council tax tracker offers the latest on current proposals, taken from council papers, press releases and media reports, and will be updated on a regular basis.
In Depth: Business Rates Reform
Marcus Jones, local government minister, says the government will consider protecting authorities from income volatility
Huge disparity in business rate incomes mean councils have competing interests
County Councils Network chair Paul Carter sets out his members ambitions for business rates reform
District Councils Network chair Neil Clarke calls for business rates to be fully devolved as soon as possible
British Independent Retailers Association deputy chief executive Michael Weedon questions what difference the reforms wil make
Westminster City Council collects 8% of business rates in England. Chief executive Charlie Parker says this comes with responsibility.
Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities prinicipal research officer Geoff Winterbottom says extension of the top up and tariff system is essential
Kingston RBC leader Kevin Davies argues the reforms will provide a framework for a sustainable financial future for local government
Intense lobbying will follow the announcement of business rates reform, writes LGC editor Nick Golding