Brighton and Hove City Council is backing calls for new powers to let them take some of the money spent in big supermarkets back into the local community.
The BBC reports that a group of English councils is formally asking the government for a new tax for big retailers, which could raise up to £400m a year.
The call is being spearheaded by Derby City Council under the Sustainable Communities Act, which allows communities and councils to put forward ideas to government to solve local problems. It is backed by 19 other local authorities, including Brighton and Hove.
But while the Government has six months to respond, it has already said additional taxes on supermarkets would be passed on to customers.