Localism Bill Seminar presented by Peter Keith-Lucas of Bevan Brittan
15 March 2011
This date has been booked for a seminar which will be presented by Peter Keith-Lucas and the event will be held at Telford & Wrekin Council’s Offices. It will commence at 10am (registration from 9.30am) and will finish around 1/1.30pm. Topics to be discussed include:-
• The Future of Standards – life after the Code, changes to predetermination, and what powers will remain for local authorities to deal with issues of member misconduct;
• New Models of Governance – the practicalities of Strong Leaders on 4-year terms, Mayors and Super Mayors, and the return to the Committee system;
• The General Power of Competence – does it really make lawyers redundant? What it means for local authorities’ powers to undertake commercial activities;
• Local Referenda – genuine direct democracy, or a trouble-maker’s charter?
• Community Right to Challenge – We are due for a White Paper on Public Service Reform which will propose that local authorities must obtain high proportion of their services from the private and voluntary sectors ("CCT2"). But will the right for community and employee organisations to bid to run services herald the Big Society, or is it the only way that a community can save local services? And how does the new right interact with Procurement Law?
• Community Right to Buy – The right to bid for assets of community value, to keep the local pub or village shop open. Is it a proportionate interference with the rights of the landowner to sell his property as and when he wishes?
• Neighbourhood Planning – some sensible amendments, but does it encourage new housing development or crate a new Nimby-ism?
If you want to book a place please contact me at Emma Harvey