London should have full control over council tax and business rates, while local authorities should have the freedom to set their own charges and fees, according to the London Finance Commission.
Further proposals included in the report, launched today, involve implementing a “modest tourism levy” on visitors and gaining control of a percentage of Londoners’ income tax yield.
There are also calls to gain full control of the apprenticeship levy to fund a wide range of skills and employment initiatives to be decided by politicians in the capital.
The recommendations contained in the report have been fully endorsed by London’s mayor Sadiq Khan (Lab) who said: “Giving London more control would allow us to manage the current economic uncertainty in the aftermath of the EU referendum, giving London the stronger voice it needs so we can protect jobs, growth, and prosperity for the future.”
Professor Tony Travers, who chaired the London Finance Commission, said the recommendations could apply to other city regions once elected mayors are in place in areas such as Greater Manchester and the West Midlands.
More to follow.