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Controlling local government spending: the implementation and impact of capping council taxes

Hay, Robert and Martin, Stephen James 2014. Controlling local government spending: the implementation and impact of capping council taxes. Local Government Studies 40 (2) , pp. 224-239. 10.1080/03003930.2013.795890

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The level of local fiscal autonomy is widely regarded as an important indicator of the state of central-local relations and the capping of council tax increases has proved to be one of the most contentious of all of the constraints placed on local authorities by UK central government. Over the last decade the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales have moved away from capping in favour of a more consensual approach. This decision reflects the difference in scale and nature of their policy communities and appears to have been at least as successful in controlling increases in local taxes as the more directive, top-down strategy favoured by policymakers in England. The current UK government's proposals to promote local referenda rather than ministerial diktat as the means of controlling council tax levels represents a potentially important new but as yet unproven approach.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0300-3930
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2019 15:32

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