• 10 Feb 15
    The Welsh government is consulting on a new land transaction tax for Wales, it has been announced. Finance minister Jane Hutt said this would be the first new tax to be levied in Wales for 800 years.
  • 28 Jan 15
    Revenue Scotland, the new tax collection agency due to come into force in Scotland from April 1, is fully ready to take over, Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has told the UK Treasury.
  • 22 Jan 15
    Low-income families with children and the very well off are the two groups that have lost the most from the coalition government’s changes to tax and benefits for working-age people, the Institute...
  • 3 Dec 14
    Air passenger duty is to be scrapped on flights taken by children, the chancellor said in his Autumn Statement today.
  • 3 Dec 14
    Radical changes to stamp duty, which will cut the tax on 98% of home sales, were unveiled in the Autumn Statement.
  • 7 Aug 14
    All political parties have been urged to commit to council tax revaluation in the next parliament by the British Property Federation, which said most voters would see little change after a review.
  • 4 Jul 14
    Councils have called for part of the revenue from fuel duty to be given to local authorities so it can be used to quicken the pace of road repairs and avoid a crisis in the state of local...
  • 29 Apr 14
    When David Cameron and Nick Clegg crossed the Severn to hand over new fiscal powers to the Welsh Assembly, they kept a ‘lockstep’ on income tax. But there’s no turning back from the...
  • Council houses - rectangle
    2 Apr 14
    Now is the moment to start thinking about a long-term replacement for the council tax. Reform is not easy, but it is not impossible either
  • Budget box
    19 Mar 14
    Many of the eye-catching measures in the Budget on pensions and ISAs will do little to tackle underlying growth and productivity issues. They continue a pattern of short-termist thinking by the...
  • 28 Nov 13
    If we’re all in this together, why are pensioners given special treatment? The government should ensure that older workers are no longer exempt from National Insurance Contributions and that pensions...
  • 25 Sep 13
    Some councils appear to be taking advantage of what they see as a loophole in the legislation regarding the Housing Revenue Account. But such attempts are not only morally wrong, they are legally...
  • 2 Sep 13
    It’s good that the government wants to encourage more investment in social enterprises. But the plan to introduce a new tax relief raises some difficult questions for the chancellor, the taxman...
  • Building plans
    24 Jun 13
    Local government anxiously awaits the outcome of the Spending Review. But it's not just the overall totals that count, it's also the fairness of the distribution system - and poorer councils...
  • 22 Apr 13
    Both Conservative and Labour politicians are using disingenuous arguments to justify their approach to council tax ahead of the local elections. It's time to insert some clarity and context into...
  • Welsh pound coin
    22 Apr 10
    Top-up fees have worked in other countries and must be considered as an alternative way of raising revenue
  • 4 Jun 04
    From time to time, evidence of invisible people and invisible jobs appear on the government’s radar screen: when the Census didn’t make sense, when cockle- pickers died in Morecambe Bay....