The government announced its legislative programme for the new
Parliamentary session in the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of
Parliament on 18 May.
The speech contained little on housing other than to reinforce
the government's previous commitment to "support aspiration and
promote home ownership through its commitment to build a million
No announcements were made on changes to the homelessness
legislation, as was widely expected, however the speech did contain
plans for two new Bills that will impact significantly on local
Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure
This Bill will introduce further reforms to the planning system.
It will give local communities more power and control to shape
their own area so that we build more houses and give everyone who
works hard the chance to buy their own home. It will include:
- measures to reform and speed up the planning process by
minimising delays caused by pre-commencement planning
- a new statutory basis for the independent National
Infrastructure Commission, to help invest in Britain's long-term
- streamlined processes supporting neighbourhoods to come
together to agree plans that will decide where things get built in
their local area.
Local Growth and Jobs Bill
This Bill will deliver the biggest change in local government
finance for decades. It will give local authorities full control of
the money they raise through business rates, so they can attract
business and investment to their local areas. It will include:
- a transfer of up to £13 billion to councils through allowing
them to retain 100% of the business rates they collect
- new measures to allow combined authority mayors to levy
business rate supplements in order to fund infrastructure projects
where there is the support of local business.