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Localism Act will give Bromley Council 'more power'

PUBLISHED: 09:57 22 November 2011

Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill helped guide the Localism Act through Parliament

Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill helped guide the Localism Act through Parliament

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»An architect of an act handing more power from central to local government says people of Bromley will benefit from the new laws.

Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill, also Local Government minister, said it would “trigger the biggest downward transfer of power in a generation”.

Mr Neill has helped lead the Act through parliament, working under the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Goverment.

Under the new laws, given Royal Assent on November 15, councils have greater control on planning issues, business rates and allocating social housing.

Meanwhile communities will be able to tell councils what developments they want brought forward under the “Right to Build” scheme and social tenants can swap properties if, for example, they move jobs.

Speaking about the “radical act”, Mr Neill said: “I am immensely pleased we have managed to get this landmark piece of legislation onto the statute books so early in Parliament.

“It will trigger the biggest downward transfer of power in a generation and give residents in Bromley and Chislehurst real powers to shape our area.

Journey

“The Localism Act is by no means the end of the journey towards a more de-centralised system, but it makes great strides in the direction that this Government will continue to travel.

“This radical act will fundamentally shake up the balance of power in this country. It overturns decades of central government interference and gives power back to citizens, community groups and local councils.

“It breaks the monopoly on all new policy initiatives having to come from Whitehall by giving a new right of initiative to people in their local areas.”

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