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