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.
- 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.
- 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.