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Shift of power but more cuts ahead HouseMark - 12/04/2012

Localism Act


LocalismTick250The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has outlined the key measures in the Localism Act which came into force on 6 April 2012. Communities Minister Andrew Stunell said:


"Instead of putting barriers in the way of communities we are actively taking them away, wiping out interferences, cutting red tape and giving people the power to shape the future of their local area."


Those measures most relevant to social housing are:


  • reform of social housing regulation, helping landlords to meet local needs while strengthening tenant scrutiny. Changes to the way complaints are managed will follow in 2013.
  • Community Right to Build, handing communities new ways to deliver local development.
  • new planning enforcement rules, giving councils the ability to take action against people who deliberately conceal unauthorised development.


Statutory Instruments relating to the Act currently in force are listed here.


Next cut is the deepest

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According to Nick Pearce, Director of the progressive thinktank IPPR, the Institute for Public Policy Research, we face the prospect of further deep cuts to public spending in the government's next spending review, due by the end of 2013.

With spending on debt interest rising, the recent Budget forecasts that resource spending for government departments will be cut by an annual average of 3.8 per cent in real terms in 2015/16 to 2016/17. In the current spending period government departments have already had a 2.3 per cent average annual real cut.

Unless the government can reduce unemployment and bring in fresh sources of tax revenue, Pearce says we are faced with the prospect of further deep cuts to public spending.

In his last budget George Osbourne mentioned that welfare spending could be further cut in order to give protection to departmental spending. Pearce suggests the welfare cuts may be targeted at tax credits, housing benefit and support for people with disabilities as these are the main items of government spending.

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