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BUDGET REACTION: LOCAL GOVERNMENT WELCOME FOR MEASURES

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Local democracy think tank the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) has ...
Local democracy think tank the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) has

expressed a cautious welcome for some of the measures affecting local

authorities in today's Budget.

LGIU chief executive Dennis Reed said:

The re-announcement of the government's intention to legislate to allow a share of the business rate income from newly created businesses to go directly to councils would be a modest boost for local democracy in some areas. However, the LGIU calls for the return of all business rates to local authorities as one of the main

steps towards ensuring that most council revenue is raised locally. This

would strengthen local democracy everywhere.'

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