expressed a cautious welcome for some of the measures affecting local
authorities in today's Budget.
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.'