London Councils express concern over Localism Bill

The Localism Bill starts its second reading in the House of Lords on Tuesday 7 June. While London Councils is encouraged by the aim to empower local communities, there remain several areas of concern for boroughs. In particular, London Councils believes that the bill limits localism and genuine devolution; adopts a uniquely regionalist approach to London; and contains significant centralising elements, in the form of over 140 new powers for the Secretary of State. London Councils will be lobbying on these points in the run up to the second reading.