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CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance, is calling on the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to provide councils in England with greater clarity, certainty and support as they prepare for changes to the business rates retention system.
“Key to the success of this reform will be ensuring that the linking of local government funding with business rates does not negatively impact local authorities, as it is implicit in the scheme that a fall in business rates would lead to a fall in local authority income.
“A well-managed transition period will help ensure local authorities and the communities they serve can reap the maximum benefits of these changes, creating a firm foundation going forward.
“While CIPFA maintains that current funding levels are insufficient to meet growing demand, and is worried a number of authorities show signs of potential risk to their financial stability, this reform can be seen as a step towards greater fiscal devolution.”
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