A plain English guide to the Localism Bill: update

Document type
Guidance
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Dept. for Communities and Local Government
Publisher
Dept. for Communities and Local Government
Date of publication
1 June 2011
Subject(s)
Community Development and Regeneration, Legislation
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The Localism Bill was published in December 2010. This guide describes the Bill as it stands in May 2011 after being debated and amended in the House of Commons. The Bill sets out a series of proposals with the potential to achieve a substantial and lasting shift in power away from central government and towards local people. They include: new freedoms and flexibilities for local government; new rights and powers for communities and individuals; reform to make the planning system more democratic and more effective, and reform to ensure that decisions about housing are taken locally.

This guide summarises each of the main ideas proposed in the Bill, and explains the overall difference that they could make.

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