Localism Bill – more or less power for local communities?

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The Localism Bill is currently making its way through Parliament. The Bill proposes many changes to the way central and local government will engage with local communities. There are major implications for planning, housing targets and other issues that will affect the daily lives of Knaphill residents.

The Bill had its first reading in the House of Commons last month, and its second reading will take place on Monday 17 January 2011. Soon after that, the Bill will enter the Committee Stage. If you would like to understand the background to the proposed changes check the BBC, At-a-glance to the Localism Bill: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-11985408

The Bill also proposes new rights for local charities and community groups. It is suggested that these rights may make it easier for a local charity to take over an unused building or to bid to take over a failing local service. The Real Power for Communities campaign has been set up by The National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA), the Development Trusts Association, ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) and others to ensure that the Localism Bill supports local voluntary action. The campaign seeks to strengthen these rights by lobbying MPs during the legislative process. 

To find out more about the viewpoint of these community organisations see: NAVCA website: www.navca.org.uk   and
the ACRE website: www.acre.orgt.uk 
You can show your support for their campaign, by registering at www.rp4c.org.uk
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Andy is a business systems and operations consultant for The Business Delicatessen and has helped the KRA over several years. He is former editor of the magazine and also runs Fat Crow Design.

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