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Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009

Type of Bill:
Government Bill
Sponsors:
Baroness Andrews
Department for Communities and Local Government
Hazel Blears
Department for Communities and Local Government

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Lords

  1. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last events

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Commons Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 | PDF version, 592KB 20.11.2009

Latest news on the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 12 November. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

Summary of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009

The Bill seeks to create greater opportunities for community and individual involvement in local decision-making. It also provides for greater involvement of local authorities in local and regional economic development.

Key areas:

  • Provisions to secure greater involvement of people in the workings and decision-making processes of local public authorities
  • provisions to ensure that councils respond to petitions and can consider other matters raised by citizens in their area
  • a new duty for local authorities to assess economic conditions; a joint duty on regional development agencies and local authorities to produce a single regional strategy; and powers for councils to co-operate in promoting economic development.
Additional provisions in the Bill include:
  • establishing a new body to represent the interests of housing tenants in England at national level
  • new powers for audit authorities to appoint auditors to, and to produce public interest reports on, entities connected with local authorities
  • making the Boundary Committee for England a separate body from the Electoral Commission
  • improving the operation of construction contracts particularly as regards cash flow and adjudication.   

 

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