Futures Forum: Tesco's in East Devon
Futures Forum: Can anyone save the High Street?
Futures Forum: Sustainable Communities
Futures Forum: "Promoting local economic activity, local services and facilities, social and community wellbeing and environmental protection"
Futures Forum: Sidmouth high street and online shopping
the following motion has been proposed for next week's full council meeting on Wednesday 23rd October at 6.30 pm:
16 Motion 4 – local retail levy
"This Council supports the following proposal under the Sustainable Communities Act:
'That the Secretary of State gives Local Authorities the power to introduce a local levy of 8.5% of the rate on large retail outlets in their area with a rateable annual value not
less that £500,000 and requires that the revenue from this levy be retained by the Local Authority in order to be used to improve local communities in their areas by
promoting local economic activity, local services and facilities, social and community wellbeing and environmental protection.'
The Council notes that if this power was acquired it would present the opportunity to raise further revenue for the benefit of local communities, should the Council wish to use it.
The Council resolves to submit the proposal to the government under the Sustainable Communities Act and to work together with Local Works to gain support for the proposal from other councils in the region and across the country".
Proposed by Councillor Ben Ingham, Seconded by Councillor Claire Wright and supported by Councillors Roger Giles, Susie Bond and Douglas Hull
Other local authorities have recently considered this:
Sustainable Communities Act Proposal: A Supermarket Levy 
"North Devon Council notes the request from “Local Works” to consider submitting the following proposal to the
Government under the Sustainable Communities Act" [July 2013]
Supermarket Levy [July 2013]
www.torbay.gov.uk/DemocraticServices/documents/s14703/Notice of Motion Supermarket Levy.pdf
Sustainable Communities Act 2007 and a Local Retail Levy [Oct 2013]
Sustainable Communities Act 2007
Sustainable Communities Act | Local Government Association
Sustainable Communities Act 2007 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Information from Local Works:
Supermarket levy Sustainable Communities Act proposal - 30/07/2013 (doc)
With a how-to-make-use-of-the-Act:
The Sustainable Communities Act | Local Works
And a clear set of arguments on why the Act should be used to bring in the proposed new 8.5% local rate on retail outlets with a ‘rateable value’ above £500,000:
SAVE OUR COMMUNITIES FROM LARGE SUPERMARKETS
A CAMPAIGN TO SAVE OUR HIGH STREETSSave our communities from large supermarkets | Local Works