Government

Electoral Review of Torbay – Warding Arrangements

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has formally commenced an electoral review of Torbay Council. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the review and seek your views on future ward boundaries for the council. The Commission is carrying out a review to deliver electoral equality for voters across Torbay. At… Read More »

Business Rates Revaluations

Thousands of businesses in England and Wales are set to see dramatic changes to the amount they pay in business rates, after the government has published the new “rateable values” of their properties. Soaring property values in parts of London and the South East over the past few years mean that business rates there will… Read More »

Business rates transfer

Chancellor George Osborne announced local councils will set and keep business rates in what he called the “biggest transfer in power to the local government in living memory”, during his speech to the Conservative conference earlier this month. Osborne added that the uniform business rate would be abolished, with local authorities able to cut rates… Read More »

Torbay Tourism and Retail BID

If Torbay’s tourism and retail businesses united they could run one of the biggest business improvement programmes in the country. The potential ‘T-BID’ partnership to both promote and improve the Bay’s prospects was outlined by project consultant Mo Aswat, of Mosaic Partnership, to a meeting of the Torbay Business Forum at the Riviera International Conference… Read More »

Regeneration Drop-in Day – 10th April

Brixham Town Council’s Regeneration Working Group is to hold a Drop-in Day at the Scala Hall on Thursday 10th April from 10.00am to 8.00pm. The event seeks to build on the work done at the What Next for Brixham? Conference hosted by Brixham Community Partnership in November 2013. It is designed to provide information about… Read More »

BCC call again for fundamental reform

Government plans to cut business rates for small retailers have been dismissed as “just a sticking plaster” by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). The measure, previously announced in the Autumn Statement, offers £300m to save 300,000 small retailers £1,000 off their next tax bill. Eric Pickles, secretary of state for communities and local government,… Read More »

Council budgets for 2014

Brixham Town Council has set its budget and precept for the next financial year, despite being uncertain whether Torbay Council will pass on a major grant from central government. The budget of £290,180 and precept of £194,300 put forward by the council’s finance and general purposes committee were approved at the full council meeting on… Read More »

Autumn Statement overview

In this year’s Autumn Statement, the chancellor unveiled a range of measures that aim to support small firms. Here’s a summary of the key announcements and the reaction from the British Chambers of Commerce. Business rates In a bid to support small businesses and boost growth, Osborne confirmed a 2% cap on the increase in… Read More »