Latest updates

 Transport

The chapter on Community Transport has been updated and refreshed, with more recent statistics on the use and provision of community transport in England, Scotland and Wales. There is also detail on the impact of EU regulations on section 19 and 22 bus permits.  

 Local Authority Housing

The chapter Repairs and Improvements to Local Authority Dwellings has been updated. Details of the Social Housing Green Paper have been added, under the Energy Efficiency section, including a rundown of its five core principles and its specific proposals concerning repairs and improvements.

 Internal Audit

A new chapter has been added to the Internal Audit stream, entitled Asset Management and Commercialism. This looks at how local authorities should develop commercial strategies and outlines the risks and key considerations from an internal audit perspective. It also details some recent developments in this area. 

The chapter on Central Government has also been updated to provide information on the annual governance statement. 

 Housing Association Finance

The Regulation chapter has been updated, particularly to reflect the regulator for social housing in England becoming a standalone body.

 Financial Management and Corporate Governance

The chapter on Infrastructure Financing and Funding (formerly Infrastructure Financing) has been updated, under Alternative Models of Service Delivery.


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News

 Labour proposes abolition of council tax
The Labour Party is proposing replacing the council tax with a new 'progressive' property tax that would be set nationally and paid by property owners rather than tenants.
 Recent Council Tax Publications
On 31 May 2019 the Welsh Government published two new documents in relation to research into the impact of universal credit on council tax reduction schemes and rent arrears in Wales.
 New Guide to Council Tax in England
MHCLG has produced a new practical guide to how the Council Tax system operates in England.
 Recent Valuation Agency Publications on Council Tax
The Valuation Agency Office has recently released new publications on challenges to council tax.
 Updated Information on Council Tax Levels
MHCLG recently published up to date information on council tax levels.
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 Section 33 VAT Network

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