DCLG: Three years on – An independent review of local Council Tax support schemes: the Government appointed Eric Ollerenshaw OBE to lead an independent review into local Council Tax Support (LCTS) schemes, focusing on the requirements set out in the Local Government Finance Act 2012, whether the schemes were efficient, effective, fair and transparent, and their impact on the localism agenda, and to make recommendations as to whether or not the schemes should be brought within Universal Credit. This report finds that local government has effectively implemented the LCTS schemes, despite difficult circumstances. However, there remain some barriers which prevent schemes from fully meeting Government policy objectives, and the report makes a number of recommendations to correct these. The review also concludes that LCTS should not be moved into Universal Credit at this time as such a move would be complex and disruptive to both central and local government at this critical phase in the Universal Credit timetable; it would also cause unnecessary financial risk to councils and bring confusion and disruption to LCTS recipients. (8 April 2016)

DCLG: Business Rates Information Letter (2/2016): provides information on Budget 2016 announcements on business rates. (4 April 2016)