CIOT/IFS debate: Tax devolution - a help or hindrance to the UK's cities, regions and nations

10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH
Monday, October 22, 2018 -
6:00pm to 9:15pm

Please join us for the latest in a series of lectures and debates being organised by the CIOT and the IFS to promote debate among policy-makers, opinion-formers and the wider tax and economics communities on the future of the UK and international tax systems.

The UK traditionally had one of the most centralised tax systems in the OECD, but the landscape is changing. Devolution to Scotland means its government will soon be in receipt of tax revenues equal to 50% of its budget. The Welsh government is actively discussing taxes on vacant land and a new social insurance system for social care services. Control of the corporation tax rate is within Northern Ireland's grasp. And city-regions in England are pushing for broader tax devolution - of property taxes and perhaps income tax - to sit alongside the beefed-up business rates retention system.

What are the benefits, costs and risks with tax devolution? What might it mean for different parts of the country with different sized tax bases? Are we setting ourselves up for a race to the bottom, taking money from public services already under strain? Or can tax devolution empower the UK's councils, regions and nations to boost local economies, find new ways to raise revenues, and re-invogorate local democracy?

The debate panel will consist of:

David Phillips, Associate Director (Devolution and Local Government), Institute for Fiscal Studies, and a co-author of a forthcoming IFS paper, 'Devolving taxes to English local government: overdue or overrated?'

Julia Goldsworthy, Director of Strategy, West Midlands Combined Authority, and former MP and Treasury Special Advisor

Joanne Walker, Technical Officer for Scottish Taxes, Chartered Institute of Taxation, and co-author of a forthcoming CIOT and ICAS paper on tax devolution in Scotland

Neil Lee, Associate Professor (Economic Geography), London School of Economics

The debate will be chaired by Helen Miller, Associate Director (Tax), Institute for Fiscal Studies. 

It will commence at 18:30, conclude by 20:00, and be followed by a drinks reception. 

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Organiser name: 
Clara Roberts
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