Briefing: Localism Bill - Lords Second Reading

By: James Bevan  Published: June 2011

The Localism Bill will result in wide ranging changes to housing and planning, which represent a fundamental shift in policy to a more localised system. A number of these proposals are welcome, yet Shelter has key concerns regarding some proposed measures. At a time when the housing safety net is needed more than ever, these reforms critically damage it by: • Undermining the legal duty towards homeless people • Removing security in social housing (reducing incentives to work)


The Government failed to address critical concerns in the Commons and Shelter wants to see these proposals removed from the Bill entirely, or at the very least, substantially reformed.


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