Government Review of Business Rates
The Government has launched a discussion paper on the administration of the business rate system and is seeking views from businesses and local authorities. The review will focus on 5 elements of the system: how property is valued; how often it is valued; how business rates bills are set; how the rates are collected; and how information about businesses and ratepayers is used. Responses are to be submitted by 6th June.
Civic Voice manifesto consultation
Civic Voice have invited comments from its members on the next stage in the development of its manifesto. The manifesto will be part of Civic Voice’s strategy to continue influencing the Government agenda affecting towns, cities and villages.
Reducing street clutter
The Department for Transport (DfT) is consulting on plans to allow councils freedom to cut the number of road markings and signs. The Department is also holding 9 events across Great Britain to explain the proposed changes. This closes on 12 June.
End of government support for solar farms
The Government has issued a consultation document on its proposals for renewable energy including the end of financial support for large scale solar power schemes from 1st April 2015.
Betting shops to require planning consent
The Government intends to introduce new measures for change of use of premises to betting shops to require planning consent. A consultation on this and other proposed changes will take place later this summer.