The Localism Bill was introduced by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles in 2010. It became an Act of Parliament on November 16, 2011 after it was granted royal assent by the Queen.
The provisions relating to the Council include:
- giving Council a general power of competence.
- allowing the Council to choose to return to the committee system of governance and allowing for referendums for elected mayors in certain authorities
- abolishing the Standards Board regime and the model code of conduct, and a criminal offence of deliberate failure to declare a personal interest in a matter
- giving residents the power to instigate local referendums on any local issue and the power to veto excessive council tax increases
- allowing Councils more discretion over business rate relief
- providing new powers to help save local facilities and services threatened with closure, and giving voluntary and community groups the right to challenge
The government has published a Plain English Guide to the Act
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