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Pickles unveils Localism Bill

08 February 2011 Comments

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The Localism Bill heralds a ground-breaking shift in power to councils and communities overturning decades of central government control and starting a new era of people power.

Under Labour central government has become too big, too interfering, too controlling and too bureaucratic. This has undermined local democracy and individual responsibility, and stifled innovation and enterprise within public services.
The Government is determined to fundamentally shake up the balance of power in this country. For too long, everything has been controlled from the centre, by letting councils and communities run their own affairs we can build a stronger, fairer Britain. This signals the end of the era of big government.
This Bill will see a radical shift in the balance of power and will decentralise power as far as possible. Localism isn’t simply about giving power back to local government. This Government trusts people to take charge of their lives and we will push power downwards and outwards to the lowest possible level, including individuals, neighbourhoods, professionals and communities as well as local councils and other local institutions.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, said:

“The Localism Bill will herald a ground-breaking shift in power to councils and communities overturning decades of central government control and starting a new era of people power. It is the centrepiece of what this Government is trying to do to fundamentally shake up the balance of power in this country. For too long, everything has been controlled from the centre – and look where it’s got us.” And he added, “By letting councils and communities run their own affairs we can build a stronger, fairer Britain. It’s the end of the era of big government.”

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