Localism Bill. Vol.1, Clauses

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13 December 2010
Session 2010/12, Bill 126
Social welfare
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The Localism Bill was intended to shift power from central government back into the hands of individuals, communities and councils. The Bill contains numerous provisions in relation to Local Government. These include a general power of competence for Local Authorities (“LAs”), governance arrangements for LAs including new provisions for directly elected mayors, the abolition of the standards board regime and requirements for LAs to set senior pay policy statements. A key element of the Bill is to provide for community empowerment with powers to enable people to instigate local referendums on any issue, to approve or veto in a referendum a council tax increase deemed to be excessive, to express an interest in running local authority services and to provide local community groups with an opportunity to bid to buy assets of community value. Reform of the Planning system is another key element of the Bill with provisions to abolish regional strategies, provide for neighbourhood plans, make preapplication consultation compulsory, make changes to planning enforcement and in relation to nationally significant infrastructure

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