Friday, 03 July 2015

Labour politicians attempt to block Localism Bill

Labour politicians have tabled a motion to block the second reading of the government’s Localism Bill, due to have its second reading this afternoon.

The motion, signed by shadow Communities and Local Government secretary Caroline Flint and Labour leader Ed Miliband, said the devolution of power proposed by the bill is undermined by the level of power in the hands of Eric Pickles.

It also called the changes to planning functions of local authorities ‘incoherent and ineffective’.

The motion suggests that the bill should have been preceded by a fuller consultation process.

Ms Flint called the government’s claim to support localism a ‘sham’. ‘Despite their promise to devolve power to communities and local authorities, they’re actually taking power away from local people and giving more to Whitehall ministers,’ she said.

A consultation on the future of social housing also ends today. The document, Local decisions: a fairer future for social housing, outlined the government’s plans for changes to tenure, the management of waiting lists and homelessness duty.

It also covered the introduction of a new affordable rent tenancy and changes to the system of council housing finance.

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