Andy's article suggest a radical move but technically easy step for the Government which would (with appropriate needs based distribution) provide a real boost for local public spending in both revenue and capital terms.  

Whilst I personally don't think business rates is either a good way of taxing business (too many big companies escape it as not high street based) or of funding local government (using business to directly fund the majority of  local services such as adult social care feels odd) - this does present a viable option in terms of democratic accountability.  Spending this money locally will be far better challenged and scrutinised in Local government than it ever would be in Whitehall.