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Local Democracy

Government Bill

Originated in the House of Lords, Session 2008-09

Last updated: 18 January 2010 at 12:47

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Long title

To make provision for the purposes of promoting public involvement in relation to local authorities and other public authorities; to make provision about bodies representing the interests of tenants; to make provision about the procedures of local authorities and the audit of entities connected with them; to establish the Boundary Committee for England and to make provision relating to local government boundary and electoral change; to make provision about local and regional development; to amend the law relating to construction contracts; and for connected purposes.


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.

Sponsoring departments

Department for Communities and Local Government
Baroness Andrews
Labour, Life peer
Department for Communities and Local Government
Hazel Blears
Labour, Salford

Current version of the Bill

Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009
20 November 2009

Bill passage

Bill started in the House of Lords
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Bill in the House of Commons
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Final stages
Consideration of amendments
Royal Assent
In progress
Not applicable
Not yet reached