Local government

All Standard Notes
77 Documents
DateDescription
06.02.2015Assets of community value
This note briefly discusses the 'community right to bid' for 'assets of community value', introduced by the Localism Act 2011. Councils must maintain a list of 'community assets', nominated by community groups. If the asset is sold, the group will be given time to come up with a bid. The note discusses the workings of the scheme and related options with regard to community land and buildings.
28.01.2015Council tax : discount on second homes and long-term empty properties
Certain council tax discounts have been awarded at the discretion of local authorities, in England, since 1 April 2013. The 'empty homes premium', allowing up to 150% council tax on long-term empty properties, was introduced at the same time. This note outlines the changes that have taken place.
28.01.2015Council tax: constituency issues
This note provides guidance on a number of common constituency casework issues related to council tax.
13.01.2015Control of Horses Bill 2014-15
There are proposals to update fly-grazing legislation. This note covers the private Members' bill put forward by Julian Sturdy MP.
09.01.2015Local Government Finance Settlement 2015/16 - initial analysis
Settlement funding assessments for local authorities will decrease by 13.9% and the overall reduction in Spending power, a measure of The total funding available to local authorities (excluding the GLA), was confirmed as 1.8%. The Government will again be offering Council Tax Freeze Grant to those authorities that freeze their council tax in 2015/16. Local authorities raising their council tax by 2% or more will have to hold a local referendum on the proposal.
02.01.2015Combined authorities
Combined authorities are joint local authority structures which undertake transport, economic development and other functions over a number of local government areas. Five have been set up so far in England, in Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool and the North-East. They have become popular as locations for powers devolved from central government. This note outlines their legal basis and development so far.
02.01.2015The Bellwin Scheme
Emergency financial assistance to local authorities in England is provided by the Bellwin Scheme. Normally this is provided following unusual weather events, though assistance can be available in other circumstances. The Bellwin Scheme operates in England, with similar provisions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This note outlines the workings of the scheme.
19.12.2014Local government devolution: policy proposals
This note summarises proposals for devolution of powers to local authorities made in a number of reports during 2013 and 2014.
19.12.2014Devolution to local government in England
2014 has witnessed a large number of proposals for the transfer of additional powers to local authorities from central government. The political parties have begun to develop policy in this area in advance of the 2015 General Election. Also, the Government has announced the devolution of a range of new powers to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. This note discusses these issues.
19.12.2014Overview and Scrutiny in Local Government
This note provides an introduction to overview and scrutiny committees in local authorities, their development and the relevant legislative provisions. It also notes specific powers available to local councils to scrutinise other bodies. The note principally covers England, with some reference to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
19.12.2014Local government: the standards regime in England
This note outlines the provisions for standards of conduct, and registration of pecuniary interests, for local government councillors in England. A new local-based regime was introduced by the Localism Act 2011. The note also provides relevant links to details of standards in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
02.12.2014Local government devolution: fiscal proposals
This note analyses proposals for new taxes, charges and fiscal powers for local government in England, plus proposed changes to the system of local government finance and for additional powers to borrow.
28.11.2014Background to the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
This brief note provides general background information about the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse which was established in July 2014 by the Home Secretary, Theresa May.
18.11.2014Local government: polls and referendums
This note provides information on the various types of referendum which may be (and in some circumstances must be) conducted by local authorities.
05.11.2014Parish and town councils: recent issues
This note addresses a range of recent issues affecting parish and town councils.
22.10.2014Directly-elected mayors
Directly-elected mayors were first introduced by the Local Government Act 2000. A directly elected mayor and a cabinet is one of three different 'governance arrangements' or 'political management arrangements' available to local authorities: the others are a leader and cabinet, and the traditional 'committee system', where decisions are made by policy committees and approved by full council. This note contains details of the procedures for introducing a mayor, plus lists of the current mayors and referendum results.
29.09.2014Council tax: Social Indicators page
Comparisons of council tax between regions and authority class.
29.09.2014Local government finance: Social Indicators page
Summary of the local government finance settlement 2014/15.
29.09.2014Police funding: Social Indicators page
Police funding: Social Indicators page. By Roderick McInnes. SN/SG/2616.
08.08.2014Local government transparency in England
The Coalition's Programme for Government promised to 'throw open the doors of public bodies, to enable the public to hold politicians and public bodies to account'. The matters covered in this Standard Note apply to England only, with the exception of pay policy statements, which also apply in Wales.
06.08.2014Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)
This standard note sets out the working of Business Improvements Districts in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It provides details on how BIDs may be constituted, with reference to key figures.
10.07.2014Local Authority Byelaws
This note describes the general procedures under which local authorities may make byelaws, and lists some of the byelaw-making powers currently available.
09.07.2014The Greater London Authority
The role and powers of the Mayor of London, including the changes introduced by the Greater London Authority Act 2007. The note also describes the role and powers of the London Assembly. It provides explanations of the electoral system and the system of government within the Greater London Authority, with some notes on current policy priorities.
20.06.2014Business rates
A brief guide to the system of non-domestic rating, better known as 'business rates'.
12.05.2014Council Tax Reduction Schemes
This note provides information on the implementation of Council Tax Reduction Schemes from 1 April 2013.
30.04.2014Local government in England: capital finance
Local authorities are required to distinguish between capital and revenue finance in their accounting. They can access capital finance for infrastructure investment from a number of sources, but borrowing is the most common of these. In England, local authorities have normally borrowed from the Public Works Loan Board in recent decades, at favourable rates of interest. There has been recent exploration of alternative sources, however such as issuing municipal bonds and tax increment financing schemes.
25.04.2014Community Right to Challenge
The Community Right to Challenge allows local communities the right to challenge how local authorities provide and run services. The Localism Act 2011 allows voluntary or community bodies, parish councils, or two or more employees of a local authority, to challenge the provision of a local authority service.
10.04.2014Community budgets and city deals
Community budgets are local agreements to pool strategic planning and budgets between public bodies in a given area - whether a local authority area or a 'neighbourhood' (ward or parish level). Pilots have been introduced since 2010 and funding has been made available to roll the programmes out. City deals provide a similar pooling of resource on a discretionary level to large cities.
04.04.2014Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme for councillors in England
Looks at the provisions to allow councillors access to the Local Government Pension Scheme from 2003 and the removal of this for councillors in England from April 2014
02.04.2014Local government: shared services, outsourcing, unitary authorities
An increasing number of local authorities are making use of schemes to share services, relating to both 'back office' and 'front line' functions. Some of these have taken the form of shared services or shared staff between a number of authorities, not always those bordering one another. The best known of these is probably the 'Tri-Borough' arrangement between Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea. Others have taken the form of companies being set up crossing public sector boundaries, such as 'Hoople' in Herefordshire, a joint initiative between Herefordshire Council and the former PCT.
13.03.2014Health and Wellbeing Boards (England)
This note provides information on Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs), which were introduced as statutory committees of all upper-tier local authorities under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. HWBs, which came fully into effect on 1 April 2013, are intended to; improve the health and wellbeing of the people in their area; reduce health inequalities; and, promote the integration of services.
13.03.2014Local authorities' public health responsibilities (England)
This note sets out the main statutory duties for public health that were conferred on local authorities by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. The note includes information on public health funding; how local authorities have been spending their ring-fenced public health grants; and on accountability arrangements.
11.02.2014Council tax: local referendums
Under provisions in the Localism Act 2011, local authorities, fire authorities, and Police and Crime Commissioners are required to determine whether the amount of council tax they plan to raise is excessive. A set of principles defined by the Secretary of State, and approved by the House of Commons, is used by authorities to decide if the amount to be raised is excessive. This note provides further information on this subject.
10.02.2014Local Government Finance Settlement 2014/15
The 2014/15 Local Government Finance Settlement was confirmed on 5 February 2014. In England, Settlement Funding Assessments will fall by 9.4% and Spending Power will decrease by 3.1%.
22.01.2014The Local Audit and Accountability Bill: progress through Parliament
The Local Audit and Accountability Bill 2013-14 [HL] will abolish the Audit Commission and institute a new 'local audit' system for the public bodies which fell under the Commission's regime. The Bill completed its progress through the House of Lords on 26 July 2013. The Bill was amended in the Commons and returned to the Lords for consideration of Commons amendments on 21 January 2014.
14.01.2014Local authorities: the general power of competence
General power of competence in England: introduction, replacement of the well-being power, plus information about the 'LAML case' and the Bideford Town Council prayers case.
14.01.2014The local government resource review
Information on the local government resource review, initiated by the Coalition government in 2010.
14.01.2014The Local Government Ombudsman
This standard note provides information on the Local Government Ombudsman service.
06.01.2014Moving the date of local elections in England in 2014
This Note sets out why the date of the 2014 European Parliamentary elections has been changed and gives details of the consultation about moving the date of the local elections in England. It also includes a list of those local authorities which are holding elections in 2014.
19.12.2013Local Government Finance Settlement 2014/15 - initial analysis
On 18 December 2013, the 2014/15 Local Government Finance Settlement was announced for consultation. Settlement funding assessments and spending power of local authorities will fall in 2014/15 by 9.4% and 2.9% respectively.
29.11.2013School funding: 2006-2010 policy changes under the Labour Government
This Note provides background to the introduction of the Labour Government's school funding reforms in 2006, details of the reforms (which included the introduction of a ring-fenced schools budget, known as the Dedicated Schools Grant), and the March 2010 consultation on the introduction of a school funding formula.
04.10.2013Sustainable Communities Act 2007
The Sustainable Communities Act 2007 was introduced as a Private Member's Bill following a lengthy campaign by Local Works, a pressure group representing a range of organisations. This standard note summarises what is in the Sustainable Communities Act 2007 and how it is being implemented.
25.07.2013Sources of social statistics: Local Government Finance
A guide to the key sources in Local Government Finance Statistics.
26.06.2013The draft Local Audit Bill and the abolition of the Audit Commission
The Audit Commission was established by the Conservative government in 1983 as part of its drive to restrain local authority expenditure and to improve efficiency. Its prime function was to regulate the audit of local government bodies and NHS bodies in England. Its other duties include (or have included) inspection and performance assessment, as well as research activities designed to promote greater economy, efficiency and effectiveness.
24.06.2013Localising support for Council Tax - background
This note provides background to the introduction of Council Tax Reduction Schemes and the abolition of Council Tax Benefit.
24.06.2013Domiciliary care charges: background and Department of Health guidance
This note provides background information on the Department for Health's Fairer Charging Guidance for adult social care services.
18.06.2013Local transport governance and finance in England, 2010-
This note explains the structures and reform of local transport governance and finance in England following the 2010 General Election.
03.04.2013Council Tax 2013/14
The average council tax for a band D household in 2013/14 is: 1,456 in England; 1,226 in Wales; and, 1,149 in Scotland. The average council tax for a band D household will rise by 0.8% in England and 3.2% in Wales. Council tax levels have been frozen in Scotland.
28.02.2013Local, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and European Parliament elections: Social Indicators page
Local, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and European Parliament elections: Social Indicators page. A summary of recent election results.
05.02.2013Bin collection - Alternate weekly collection
Waste collection can be a contentious issue, particularly when local authorities decide to move away from weekly bin collection to alternate weekly collection (AWC). This note describes the reasons why authorities have chosen to do this, and related issues including the recently announced Weekly Collections Support Scheme.
21.12.2012Local Government Finance Settlement 2013/14 and 2014/15 - initial analysis
On 19 December 2012 the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government made a statement announcing provisional figures for the 2013/14 and 2014/15 local government finance settlements. Total central government funding for all local authorities in England will fall by 3.9% in 2013/14 and 8.6% in 2014/15.
03.12.2012Local Elections 2013
Local elections take place on 2 May 2013 in 27 county councils and 8 unitary authorities in England and one council in Wales.
16.11.2012Localisation of the Social Fund
As a result of measures in the Welfare Reform Act 2012, certain elements of the discretionary Social Fund scheme will be replaced by new locally based provision delivered by local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales.
01.06.2012Local Government Pension Scheme: 2008 reforms
This note looks at reforms introduced to the Local Government Pension Scheme in April 2008. The current debate on further reforms to the scheme is in SN 5823 Local Government Pension Scheme - 2010 onwards
28.03.2012Council Tax 2012/13
This note contains key statistics on council tax levels in 2012/13 and a limited amount of analysis is provided. The average council tax for a band D household in 2012/13 is: 1,444 in England; 1,188 in Wales; and 1,149 in Scotland.
03.02.2012Local Government Finance Settlement 2012/13
Local Government Finance Settlement figures for 2012/13 were confirmed on 31 January 2012. This note provides analysis and allocations for individual authorities.
19.12.2011The abolition of regional government
This Standard Note sets out the changes and closures that have taken place to the machinery of regional government that existed at the General Election of 7 May 2010. The vast majority of the landscape of regional institutions will no longer exist by 1 April 2012, and very many of the related funding streams will also have been closed down.
13.07.2011Local government: publicity code
This note looks at the history of the local government publicity code as well as the question of enforceability of the provisions of the code
06.05.2011New Homes Bonus: Statistics
This article provides statistics on the 2011/12 New Homes Bonus scheme grants. Approximately £200m has been allocated to local authorities through the scheme in its first year.
29.03.2011Council Tax 2011/12
This note contains key statistics on council tax levels in 2011/12 and a limited amount of analysis is provided. The main purpose of this note is to act as a reference document although more detailed analysis is available on request.
17.12.2010Local Government Finance Settlement 2011/12 & 2012/13 - an initial analysis
09.11.2010Government Offices for the Regions
Government Offices for the English Regions are to be abolished
28.10.2010Local transport governance and finance in England, 1997-2010
This standard note explains the structures and reform of local transport governance and finance in England during the course of the 1997-2010 Labour Government.
29.06.2010Local government's contribution to the 2010/11 spending cuts
This note briefly summarises the effect on local authorities of the £1,165m savings in 2010/11 to be made through reductions to individual grants. This forms Local Governments contribution towards the overall saving of £6.2bn across Government. This note will be updated when further announcements are made by the Government.
13.05.2010Public conveniences
This note sets out the law relating to the provision of public conveniences and the powers of local authorities.
12.05.2010Regulation of tattooing and body piercing businesses
This note summarises the law under which tattooing and body piercing business are licensed and regulated
31.03.2010Council Tax 2010/11
This note contains key statistics on council tax levels in 2010/11 and a limited amount of analysis is provided. The main purpose of this note is to act as a reference document although more detailed analysis is available on request.
03.03.2010Councillors and Council Control: 1979-2009
The following note looks at the number of councillors by party in Great Britain since 1979. In 2009 there were around 4,700 fewer councillors in Great Britain than in 1979. This is as a result of numerous changes to the structure of local authorities, particularly the introduction of unitary authorities in Wales and Scotland in 1995, when the number of councillors fell by 1,605. In 2009 the Conservatives are 5,270 councillors better off compared to 1996 when they had 4,276 councillors. Labour has less than half the number of councillors compared to 1996 (11,000). The Conservatives have also seen a gradual increase in the number of councils it controlled in England since 1998 when they had 24 compared to 209 in 2009. Labour on the other hand had seen a steady decrease since 1998 when they controlled 140 councils to the current level of 37 councils in 2009.
01.02.2010Local Government Finance Settlement 2009/10 - 2010/11
The first ever three-year financial settlement for local authorites was announced in December 2007. This note provides the confirmed details for the second and third years of this settlement, as announced in the House on 26 November 2009.
20.08.2009Local government pension scheme: 85 year rule
Covers the abolition of the rule of 85 in the Local Government Pension Scheme and the transitional protection arrangements
08.05.2009Electoral performance of the British National Party in the UK
This note provides data on the electoral performance of the UK's British National Party (BNP) in local and parliamentary elections. This note has been updated to include results from the local elections held in England on 1 May 2008. It also comments upon results from various elections up to 2006, as well as overall results from the 2007 and 2008 local elections.
05.05.2009Council Tax 2009/10
This note contains key statistics on council tax levels in 2009/10 and a limited amount of analysis is provided. The main purpose of this note is to act as a reference document although more detailed analysis is available on request.
05.03.2009Pay in local authorities
14.01.2009Local authority finance in a recession
This note looks at the affect that the economic slowdown will have on the finances of local authorites.
27.06.2008Council Tax 2008/09
This note contains key statistics on council tax levels in 2008/09 and a limited amount of analysis is provided. The main purpose of this note is to act as a reference document although more detailed analysis is available on request.
30.04.2008The Central-Local Concordat
This note covers the central-local concordat signed in December 2007 in fulfilment of a pledge in the Governance of Britain Green Paper.
14.03.2006Power to the People: the report of Power, an Independent Inquiry into Britain's Democracy.
The Power Inquiry was established and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust to investigate why there has been a decline in participation in formal politics and to make proposals to reverse this trend. The report of the Power Inquiry was published on 27 February 2006.
All Research Papers
63 Documents
DateDescription
01.09.2014English local government finance: issues and options
Local government finance in England has experienced substantial changes since 2010. This paper examines the challenges that local authorities have faced from reductions in central government funding, and how they have responded to these. Local authorities have been using a number of strategies to cope with reduced funding, including community budgets, city deals, efficiency savings, combined authorities and shared services. They have also reduced or redesigned services, and collected more local taxes where possible.
11.06.2014Local elections 2014
Local and mayoral elections were held in England and Northern Ireland on 22 May 2014. In England, elections were held in all 32 London boroughs, 36 metropolitan boroughs, 19 unitary authorities, and 74 shire districts. Labour had a net gain of four councils, the Conservatives a net loss of 13 and the Liberal Democrats a net loss of two. The first local elections were also held to 11 new councils in Northern Ireland in accordance with timetabled reform to local government administration.
01.10.2013Local Audit and Accountability Bill [HL]
The Local Audit and Accountability Bill [HL] would abolish the Audit Commission and replace it with a new audit regime for local authorities, local health bodies and other public bodies covered by the Commission's remit. The Bill has completed its passage through the House of Lords. This Paper has been prepared to inform the Second Reading of the Bill in the House of Commons.
08.02.2013The Local Government Finance Settlement 2013/14 and 2014/15
The Local Government Financial Settlement is to be debated in the House on 13 February 2013. Start-up funding assessments for non-police local authorities will fall by 4.1% in 2013/14.
13.12.2012Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee Stage Report
This is a report on the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill. It complements Research Paper 12/61 prepared for Commons Second Reading
01.11.2012Growth and Infrastructure Bill
The Growth and Infrastructure Bill seeks to reduce delays in the planning system and to facilitate new development, through various means. It would allow planning obligations (section 106 agreements) relating to affordable housing to be renegotiated. To promote economic growth, it makes provision for a planned revaluation of business rates in England to be postponed and to create a new employment status of employee owner. Its second reading date has been moved from 30 October to 5 November 2012.
03.10.2012Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill: Committee Stage Report
This is a report on the Public Bill Committee Stage of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. It is designed to complement the Research Paper Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill (RP 12/33), which covers in more detail the background to the Bill
07.08.2012UK Election Statistics: 1918-2012
This paper presents an overview of results from UK elections since 1918, including elections to the House of Commons, the European Parliament, devolved bodies and local government.
07.06.2012Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill introduces reforms in a number of areas.
21.05.2012Local elections 2012
Local elections took place in 181 local authorities on 3 May 2012. Almost 4,900 council seats were up for election in 128 local authorities in England, 32 unitary authorities in Scotland and 21 unitary authorities in Wales.
16.05.2012Local Government Finance Bill 2012-13
This paper summarises the Second Reading and Committee of the Whole House stages of the Local Government Finance Bill 2010-12, which has been carried over into the 2012-13 session. Library Research Paper 12/01, Local Government Finance Bill 2010-12, published for Second Reading on 10 January 2012 in the 2010-12 session, is relevant.
05.01.2012Local Government Finance Bill 2010-12
This Research Paper has been prepared for the second reading of the Local Government Finance Bill 2010-12. The Local Government Finance Bill has been carried over into the 2012-13 session as Bill 4 of 2012/13. The Bill had completed its Committee Stage before the end of the 2010-12 Session and will have its remaining stages on 21 May 2012. Research Paper 12/14 considers the proceedings on the Bill before it was carried over.
24.05.2011Local Elections: 2011
12.04.2011Localism Bill: Committee Stage Report
This paper covers the Commons Committee Stage of the Bill, and complements Research Papers 11/02 and 11/03, prepared for Second Reading. The Bill covers a wide range of topics in local government, planning, housing and the governance of London. It was not substantially amended in Committee, although there were some minor technical Government amendments. However, at several points, Ministers agreed to look again at certain issues and consider whether to introduce amendments at Report Stage.
08.02.2011The Local Government Finance Settlement 2011-13
Central government will provide approximately 73bn in grants to local authorities in England in 2011/12. This funding is made up of the formula grant, comprised of revenue support grant, redistributed business rate income and Home Office Police Grant where appropriate, and specific grants.
11.01.2011Localism Bill: Local government and community empowerment [Bill No 126 of 2010-11]
The Localism Bill 2010-11 was introduced in the House of Commons on 13 December 2010. This Paper summarises the local government and community empowerment sections of the Bill. Aspects of the Bill relating to planning, housing and London are summarised in Research Paper 11/03. The Bill is due to receive its second reading in the House of Commons on 17 January 2011.
18.11.2010Local Government Bill [HL]: Committee Stage Report [Bill No 75 of 2010-11]
This is a report on the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Bill. It complements Research Paper 10/63 which was prepared for Commons Second Reading. The Bill gives effect to the Coalition Government's commitment to stop the restructuring of councils in Norfolk, Suffolk and Devon. Specifically, it would prevent implementation of any of the existing proposals for single-tier local government made under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. No amendments were made to the Bill in committee.
14.10.2010Local Government Bill [HL] Bill No 75 of 2010-11
The Bill gives effect to the Coalition Government's commitment to stop the restructuring of councils in Norfolk, Suffolk and Devon. Specifically the Bill would prevent implementation of any of the existing proposals for a single-tier local government structure made under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. The Bill completed its passage through the House of Lords and was introduced into the House of Commons on 11 October 2010. This briefing was prepared to inform the Second Reading debate on the Bill.
22.06.2010Local elections 2010
This paper summarises the results of the local and mayoral elections held on 6 May 2010. Elections were held in all 32 London boroughs, 36 metropolitan boroughs, 20 unitary authorities, and 76 shire districts. Labour had a net gain of 17 councils, the Conservatives a net loss of seven and the Liberal Democrats a net loss of one. Four incumbent mayors were re-elected: in the London Boroughs of Hackney, Lewisham and Newham (all Labour), and in Watford (Liberal Democrat). The UK General Election was held on the same day.
08.03.2010Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill 2009-10: Committee Stage Report
This is a report of the Committee Stage of the Bill. It complements Research Paper 10/09, which gives more detail on the provisions of the Bill. The Bill strengthens local government overview and scrutiny committee powers in relation to partner organisations, so that they could potentially cover a greater range of external authorities. The Bill has Government support and was not amended in Committee.
24.02.2010Sustainable Communities Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill [Bill 21 of 2009-10]
The Bill seeks to amend the 2007 Act by setting a deadline for the Secretary of State to initiate the next round of proposals for enhancing the sustainability of local communities from local authorities under the Act. It provides for regulations to be made specifying the rules for this process. These are also to cover parish council involvement and the role of local petitioning. There is also provision for greater flexibility in decision-making on proposals.
02.02.2010Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill [Bill 16 of 2009-10]
The Bill is based on proposals in the 2009 Communities and Local Government Green Paper 'Strengthening Local Democracy'. The Bill strengthens local government overview and scrutiny committee powers in relation to partner organisations, so that they could potentially cover a greater range of external authorities. The activities which would be subject to such scrutiny are defined as matters of local concern in the area. The Bill provides for executive members to sit on committees involved in scrutiny of external bodies. It also makes provision for the resourcing of overview and scrutiny.
24.07.2009Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]: Committee Stage Report
This report covers the Committee Stage of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill (HL) 2008-09. The Bill implements a number of community empowerment measuresoutlined in the white paper - Communities in control: real people, real power (Cm 7427). It also implements changes in relation to regional and sub-regional economic development and planning. See also Research Papers 09/45 and 09/46.
15.06.2009Local elections 2009
This paper summarises the results of the local and mayoral elections held on 4 June 2009. Elections were held in all 27 shire counties in England (all seats) and seven English unitary authorities (Bedford, Bristol (one-third of seats), Central Bedfordshire, Cornwall, Isle of Wight, Shropshire and Wiltshire). The Conservatives made a net gain of seven councils and 244 seats. Labour made a net loss of four councils and 291 seats. The Liberal Democrats made a net loss of one council and two seats. The Greens gained eight seats in net terms while the UK Independence Party made a net gain of seven seats, and the British National Party made a net gain of three seats Estimates suggest that the Conservatives won 35% of the national equivalent share of the vote, Liberal Democrats 25% and Labour 22%. Turnout was estimated to be 35%. There were mayoral elections in three areas and UK-wide elections for the European Parliament on the same day
22.05.2009Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]: Economic, regional and construction aspects (Bill 93 of 2008-09).
This paper covers parts 4 to 8 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]. The Bill implements a number of changes in relation to regional and sub-regional economic development and planning, including: an economic assessment duty for local authorities; a new regional strategy process for English regions outside London; new Local Authority Leaders' Boards to agree the strategy with Regional Development Agencies; provisions for further sub-regional partnerships through Economic Prosperity Boards and Multi-Area Agreements. The Bill also amends the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 in relation to construction contracts with the aim of improving cashflow and the adjudication process in the industry. See also Library Research Paper 09/45, for coverage of parts 1 to 3 of the Bill which relate to community empowerment, housing and Boundary Commission issues.
15.05.2009Local Democracy, Economic Development & Construction Bill [HL]: Democracy and involvement aspects (Bill 93 of 2008-09).
This paper covers parts 1 to 3 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]. The Bill implements a number of community empowerment measures outlined in the white paper - Communities in Control: real people, real power (Cm 7427). Other provisions concern a) tenants' representation, b) audit of entities connected with local authorities, and c) replacement of the Boundary Committee for England with an independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England. See also Library Research Paper 09/46, for coverage of parts 4 to 8 of the Bill which relate to economic and regional matters and construction contracts.
03.03.2009Small Business Rate Relief (Automatic Payment) Bill (Bill 13 of 2008-09)
The purpose of this Bill is to make the payment of rate relief for small businesses in England automatic. Currently, businesses have to apply to their billing authority once within each revaluation period (five years) to receive the relief during this period.
11.02.2009Business Rate Supplements Bill: Committee Stage Report
This is a report on the Committee Stage of the Business Rate Supplements Bill 2008-09, produced in response to a recommendation of the Modernisation Committee in its report on The Legislative Process (HC 1097, 2005-06).
14.01.2009Social Indicators
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include crime and justice, defence, education, elections, health and population. This edition of Social Indicators includes an article from the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, Washington , D.C.. This edition includes: Social background of the United States Congress 2009 Local authority finance in a recession 2011 UK Census of Population Underage drinking Excess winter mortality
22.12.2008Business Rate Supplements Bill (Bill 2 of 2008-09)
The Bill gives legislative effect to the scheme outlined in Business rate supplements: a white paper (Cm 7230). This allows upper-tier local authorities, and the Greater London Authority, to levy a supplement on the business rate in order to fund local economic development projects. Businesses must be consulted and, in certain circumstances, balloted before a rate supplement can be introduced.
25.07.2008Impacts of immigration
This paper examines reports and evidence on the effects which immigration is having on communities and public services throughout the UK.
08.07.2008Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [HL] Committee Stage Report
12.06.2008Local elections 2008
This Research Paper summarises the results of the local elections held on 1 May 2008.
16.05.2008Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [HL] 2007-08
Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill (HL) 2007-08. (Bill 103 of 2007-08). House of Commons Library Research Paper 08/46.
01.02.2008Local Government Finance Settlement 2008/09-2010/11
Local Government Finance Settlement 2008/09-2010/11. House of Commons Library Research Paper 08/11
19.07.2007Local and Mayoral elections 2007
Local and Mayoral elections 2007. House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/47
14.06.2007The Sustainable Communities Bill Committee Stage Report
30.05.2007The Rating (Empty Properties) Bill
The Rating (Empty Properties) Bill. (Bill 102 of 2006-07) House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/49
22.03.2007The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill Committee Stage Report
20.02.2007Greater London Authority Bill 2006-07; Committee Stage Report
15.01.2007The Sustainable Communities Bill
10.01.2007Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (Bill 16 2006-07)
The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill Bill 16 2006-07. House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/01
12.12.2006Greater London Authority Bill (Bill 11 of 2006-07)
The Greater London Authority Bill (Bill 11 2006-07). House of Commons Library Research Paper 06/60
07.12.2006Greater London Authority Bill Parts 7 and 8 - Planning and Environmental Functions (Bill 11 of 2006-07)
The Greater London Authority Bill Parts 7 and 8-Planning and Environmental Functions (Bill 11 2006-07). House of Commons Library Research Paper 06/61
10.05.2006Local election 2006
Local elections 2006. House of Commons Library Research Paper 06/26.
31.12.2005Local and Mayoral elections 2005
Local and Mayoral elections 2005. House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/93
01.11.2005Council Tax ( New Valuation Lists for England) Bill (Bill 57 of 2005-06)
The Council Tax (New Valuation Lists For England) Bill (Bill 57 2005-06). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/73
17.12.2004Social indicators
Social indicators. (Includes article on Sub-national population projections:England, Christmas-festive facts, and topical subject pages on Local authority comprehensive performance assessment). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/94.
10.09.2004Children Bill (HL) (Bill 144 of 2003/04)
Children Bill (HL) (Bill 144 of 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/68.
16.07.2004Council Tax Capping
Local Government Minister Nick Raynsford announced on 8 July 2004 that six local authorities will have their budgets for 2004/05 capped - Torbay, Herefordshire, Nottingham, Shepway, Fenland and Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority.
15.06.2004Public Audit (Wales) Bill (HL) (Bill 108 of 2003/04)
The Public Audit (Wales) Bill (HL) (Bill 108 of 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/45.
29.04.2004Age-Related Payments Bill (Bill 92 2003/04)
Age-Related Payments Bill. (Bill 92 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/34.
16.10.2003European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill (Bill 160 2002/03)
European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill (Bill 160 2002/03). House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/76.
01.07.2003UK election statistics 1945-2003
This paper has been superseded by Research Paper 12/43, UK Election Statistics: 1918-2012.
12.05.2003Local Elections 2003
Local elections 2003. House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/44.
11.10.2002Local government finance in England: replacing the standard spending assessment
Local government finance in England: replacing the standard spending assessment.
27.04.2001Rural rate relief
Rural rate relief. House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/47.
23.05.2000Local elections and elections for a London mayor and assembly: 4 May 2000
The local elections and elections for a London mayor and assembly: 4 May 2000. House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/53.
06.04.2000Local Government Bill (HL): welfare services and social services functions (Bill 87 1999/2000)
Local Government Bill (HL): welfare services and social services functions (Bill 87 of 1999/2000). House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/46.
06.04.2000Local Government Bill (HL): the Section 28 debate (Bill 87 1999/2000)
Local Government Bill (HL): the 'Section 28' debate. (Bill 87 of 1999/2000). House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/47.
06.04.2000Local Government Bill (HL): local government leadership etc (Bill 87 1999/2000)
Local Government Bill (HL): local government leadership etc (Bill 87 of 1999/2000). House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/44.
06.04.2000Local Government Bill (HL): electoral aspects (Bill 87 1999/2000)
Local Government Bill (HL): electoral aspects. (Bill 87 of 1999/2000). House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/45.
08.01.1999Local Government Bill: Best Value and Council Tax Capping (Bill 5 1998/99)
The Local Government Bill: Best Value and Council Tax Capping (Bill 5 of 1998/99). House of Commons Library Research Paper 99/1.
All Select Committee Reports
17 Select Committee Reports
DateDescription
16.01.2012Government response to the fifth report of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee on
Government response. Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]
17.10.2011Audit and inspection of local authorities.
Government response. Communities and Local Government report [Commons]
17.09.2011Localism.
Communities and Local Government report [Commons]
27.06.2011Audit and inspection of local authorities.
Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]
23.06.2011The abolition of regional spatial strategies: a planning vacuum.
Government response. Communities and Local Government report [Commons]
28.02.2011The abolition of regional spatial strategies.
Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]
28.02.2011Local authority publicity.
Government response. Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]
24.01.2011Proposed code of recommended practice on local authority publicity.
Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]
05.02.2010The balance of power: central and local government.
Government response. Communities and Local Government report [Commons]
28.01.2010Proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Housing and Local Government) Order 2010,...
Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
19.01.2010Local authority investments: the role of the Financial Services Authority.
Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]
07.01.2010The proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Local Government) Order 2009.
Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
13.10.2009Local authority investments.
Government response. Communities and Local Government; Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]
12.10.2009Appointment of the Local Government Ombudsman and Vice-Chair of the Commission for Local Administration...
Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]
17.09.2009The balance of power: central and local government.
Government response. Communities and Local Government report [Commons]
12.05.2009The balance of power: central and local government.
Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]
12.05.2009Local authority investments.
Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]