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Government confirms Localism Bill date


The Localism Bill is set to be published on 9 December, the government has confirmed.

The bill, which with around 200 clauses is expected to lay out a number of the government’s key reforms to local government, housing and planning, was initially expected to be published in late November.

But as LGC revealed last month, it was then delayed two weeks after cross-departmental wrangling over proposals to hand more powers to directly elected mayors.

However, Number 10 has now confirmed the bill will be published on 9 December.

In the government’s November progress updates for each department’s Structural Reform Plans, the update for the Department or Business, Innovation & Skills confirms the bill had been delayed but will now be published on 9 December. It gives no reason for the delay.

The Department for Communities & Local Government update does not give a date for publication of the bill, but says the delay was due to “the parliamentary timetable”.

The DCLG update reveals the following actions will be included in the bill:

  • 1.2ii, directly elected mayors
  • 2.1ii, measures to reinvigorate local accountability, democracy and participation
  • 2.4v, closure of Regional Development Agencies
  • 4.1ii, social housing measures
  • 4.3iii, abolition of Home Information Packs
  • 4.5v, reform of the Housing Revenue Account
  • 4.6ii, home swap measures to increase mobility among social housing tenants
  • 4.10ii, abolition of the Tenant Services Authority
  • 5.1v, reform of the planning system
  • 5.3ii, repeal of Regional Strategies and introduction of a duty to co-operate for local authorities
  • 5.4ii, abolition of the Infrastructure Planning Commission

Readers' comments (2)

  • It would be good to see a timetable for the Government's work plan for the rest of the financial year.
    The announcement of the Local Authority Financial Settlement has drifted and drifted and now could be Monday 13 Dec or 16 Dec leaving hard pressed officers and Members to sort out the 2011-12 budgets in no time at all.
    How can local authorities live up to the challenge set to be forward thinking when CLG cannot set out even when they will tell us?

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  • Councils are being challenged to be strategic while facing front-loaded cuts in core funding of 28% over the next four years.

    Isn’t it disappointing that not only have they still not heard what the distribution of formula funding grant is, but also they still (at the time of writing) did not know when the date of any such an announcement was going to be?

    Traditionally, announcements have been made at the end of November or beginning of December. Not being transparent about timetabling makes it impossible to plan.

    Both Wales and Scotland made their announcement on 23 November. Why is England different?

    Eric Fisher, interim manager

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