Councils 'can still influence' Lyons probe

Councils still have time to influence the Lyons Inquiry into Local Government finance before its publication next month, the New Local Government Network has told PRWeek.

The lobby group is urging councils and trade bodies such as the Local Government Association to push for extensive reforms to be included in the long-awaited report.

‘We want to see the devolution of top-rate taxes, income tax, stamp duty and vehicle excise duty in order to reduce local government's reliance on central government funding,' said head of comms James Hulme.

Such devolution would give local authorities greater incentive to regenerate rundown areas, he added.

In June, the network produced a report, ‘Pacing Lyons', outlining its pre-emptive response. ‘This is not just about funding: we have to look at the whole eco-system of local government and its relationship with central government,' Hulme said.

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