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Governance changes introduced by the Localism Act 2011 - Cornerstone Barristers

Localism Act 146x219This webinar looks at key elements of the Localism Act 2011 as they affect and reform the governance of local authorities, including the General Power of Competence, the Standards Regime, community empowerment, elected mayors and assets of community value.

Course level: Intermediate

Running Time: 29 minutes 

Date of recording: 29th June, 2016

Downloadable paper: Yes


General Power of Competence

•    Limitations and restrictions

•    Other features

•    Boundaries: s 2

o    Pre-commencement power

o    Pre-commencement limitation

o    Post-commencement limitation

•    Charging and trading under the GPC

•    Cases and examples

The Standards Regime

•    History

•    Main features

•    Register of interests

•    Interests and participating in meeting

•    Offences

•    Examples

Community Empowerment

•    Duty to consider

•    Rejection and acceptance

Assets of community value

•    Exceptions and listing

•    Moratorium

Summary of other changes under the Act

•    Changing to elected Mayor

Changing to Mayor by referendum

•    Changing to Mayor by referendum – petition

•    Restriction on moving from Mayor

•    Section 9N power

Referendums on council tax - partial capping

•    Duty to determine whether council tax excessive

•    Council tax referendum

•    Disapplication of referendum

Bias and predetermination

•    Other types of decision-making

•    Predetermination

Pay accountability

Matt Hutchings 2016Matt Hutchings

Matt has a broad practice spanning the full range of chambers' Public Law work, Property, and Commercial and Regulatory litigation.

Matt regularly appears before the High Court in substantial trials as well as judicial reviews. His recent cases include Supreme Court briefs in R(N) v Lewisham, Hotak v Southwark and McDonald v McDonald, appearing in the CJEU in R(Hemming) v Westminster and the Building Act arbitration following the Supreme Court decision in Manolete Partners v Hastings.

He frequently acts for or against Government as well as in disputes between private individuals and organisations, often in the Development sector, and has a keen understanding of his clients' commercial and strategic aims. He is able to master cases requiring an in depth knowledge of divergent areas of law and is at the cutting edge of the interaction between private, public and regulatory law.

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Damien WelfareDamien Welfare

Damien's practice concentrates on two areas of Public Law: governance, powers, and decision-making in local authorities and public organisations; and, Information Law (Data Protection, Freedom of Information, and the Environmental Information Regulations or "EIR").

He is ranked as a leading Junior for Administrative and Public Law in the Legal 500 2015, and for Data Protection in Chambers and Partners 2015.

Damien came to the Bar in 2001 following a career in local government. This gives him a unique understanding and background knowledge from which his public authority clients benefit in addition to his legal expertise.

Damien has authored a number of articles for publications such as Westlaw UK Insight, the Freedom of Information Journal and Jowitt's Dictionary of English Law. He also provides training for lawyers and practitioners in areas such as local authority governance, councillor conduct, and information law.

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