Magazine article Public Finance

Cameron's New Policy Promises More Power for Councils

Magazine article Public Finance

Cameron's New Policy Promises More Power for Councils

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The Conservatives have made a bid to grab the localist agenda wtth the publication of a longawaited policy paper on giving more power to local communities.

Launching the green paper Control shift in Coventry on February 17, leader David Cameron declared: 'Decentralisation is an absolutely essential component of our progressive Conservative philosophy.'

The document's wide-ranging set of proposals includes removing planning and housing powers from regional development agencies and devolving them to councils, and giving local authorities the right to keep the uplift in business rate revenues.

One recommendation likely to be less than popular with councils is residents' proposed right to veto council tax rises above the national threshold. 'We think they should go directly to the electorate and say, "We want to put council tax up by x%",' shadow local government minister Bob Neill told Public Finance.

Councils agreeing to limit council tax rises to a maximum of 2.5% would be compensated by a central government grant of 2. …

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