Localism Act

The Localism Act 2011 gained Royal Assent on 15 November 2011. The provisions of the Act have been coming into force in stages and there are still a number outstanding. The general power of competence in section 1 has now come into force following the decision by the community secretary, Eric Pickles, to sign a parliamentary commencement order on 17 February 2012. This section was fast tracked because of a recent High Court ruling involving Bideford Town Council and the power to hold prayers as part of their formal business.

Section 1 of the Localism Act 2011 provides local authorities in England with a new general power of competence which will give them the powers to do anything that an ...

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