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Points on Communities and Local Government (dept. with housing in it) copied and pasted from actual document.

No time to go through it - work coming out of ears today.

COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Government believes that it is time for a fundamental shift of power from Westminster to people. We will promote decentralisation and democratic engagement, and we will end the era of top-down government by giving new powers to local councils, communities, neighbourhoods and individuals.

We will promote the radical devolution of power and greater financial autonomy to local government and community groups. This will include a review of local government finance.

We will rapidly abolish Regional Spatial Strategies and return decision-making powers on housing and planning to local councils, including giving councils new powers to stop ‘garden grabbing’.

In the longer term, we will radically reform the planning system to give neighbourhoods far more ability to determine the shape of the places in which their inhabitants live, based on the principles set out in the Conservative Party publication Open Source Planning.

We will abolish the unelected Infrastructure Planning Commission and replace it with an efficient and democratically accountable system that provides a fast-track process for major infrastructure projects.

We will publish and present to Parliament a simple and consolidated national planning framework covering all forms of development and setting out national economic, environmental and social priorities.

We will maintain the Green Belt, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and other environmental protections, and create a new designation – similar to SSSIs – to protect green areas of particular importance to local communities.

12 The Coalition: our programme for government

We will abolish the Government Office for London and consider the case for abolishing the remaining Government Offices.

We will provide more protection against aggressive bailiffs and unreasonable charging orders, ensure that courts have the power to insist that repossession is always a last resort, and ban orders for sale on unsecured debts of less than £25,000.

We will explore a range of measures to bring empty homes into use.

We will promote shared ownership schemes and help social tenants and others to own or part-own their home.

We will promote ‘Home on the Farm’ schemes that encourage farmers to convert existing buildings into affordable housing.

We will create new trusts that will make it simpler for communities to provide homes for local people.

We will phase out the ring-fencing of grants to local government and review the unfair Housing Revenue Account.

We will freeze Council Tax in England for at least one year, and seek to freeze it for a further year, in partnership with local authorities.

We will create directly elected mayors in the 12 largest English cities, subject to confirmatory referendums and full scrutiny by elected councillors.

We will give councils a general power of competence.

We will ban the use of powers in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) by councils, unless they are signed off by a magistrate and required for stopping serious crime.

We will allow councils to return to the committee system, should they wish to.

We will abolish the Standards Board regime.

We will stop the restructuring of councils in Norfolk, Suffolk and Devon, and stop plans to force the regionalisation of the fire service.

We will impose tougher rules to stop unfair competition by local authority newspapers.

We will introduce new powers to help communities save local facilities and services threatened with closure, and give communities the right to bid to take over local state-run services.

We will implement the Sustainable Communities Act, so that citizens know how taxpayers’ money is spent in their area and have a greater say over how it is spent.

We will cut local government inspection and abolish the Comprehensive Area Assessment.

We will require continuous improvements to the energy efficiency of new housing.

We will provide incentives for local authorities to deliver sustainable development, including for new homes and businesses.

We will review the effectiveness of the raising of the stamp duty threshold for first-time buyers.

We will give councillors the power to vote on large salary packages for unelected council officials.

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Points on Communities and Local Government (dept. with housing in it) copied and pasted from actual document.

No time to go through it - work coming out of ears today.

Looks like more power to the NIMBY's, except for major infrastructure which gets a special fast track.

'Home on the farm' is just a blatant bribe to keep the rural tory/lib dem farmers on board. Poor farmer now becomes wealthy rent seeking landlord.

And they are encouraging more 'shared ownership'. Oh joy.

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Points on Communities and Local Government (dept. with housing in it) copied and pasted from actual document.

No time to go through it - work coming out of ears today.

hmmm,all sounds nice and fluffy.

the bits I would be more interested in hearing about would be to do with PROPER community building.

next-door neighbours shopping you to the bin police for putting out trash(or the wrong colour bucket) on the wrong day/wrong fashion/overfilled/wrong type of rubbish for the sake of a financial reward does not make for good relations.

we shouldn't even be financing such practices with our council tax in the first place.

they could just as easily pay for a few extra dustcarts+operators and weekly collection with the money they pay the goon squad.

IT'S OUR BLOODY MONEY.

should our (elected I hasten to add) local authorities not be administering a decent service,then we ought to treat them like a private enterprise and take our custom elsewhere.

There would seem to be a case for some degree of outsourcing of local government........state monopolies don't work.

services could then be purchased ona pay-as-you-use basis.

Edited by oracle

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Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) "may stay", but it looks as if Regional Spacial Strategies are being scrapped. RSSs are used to allocate numbers of new build housing to each region / county.

http://www.regen.net/news/ByDiscipline/Economic-Development/1004725/Popular-RDAs-may-allowed-continue/

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We will promote shared ownership schemes and help social tenants and others to own or part-own their home.

Surely, if you're a social tenant already, what incentive is there for owning or part owning your own home? The only one I can think of is that if you own it, you can sell it later on, pocket the cash and then move into rented/sheltered housing in your retirement years and have the state pay for it all.

Either you sell it before you're infirm, or have the council sell it to pay for the upkeep of your nursing home.

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Just think of this.

Small village for 100 houses + parish council which has say in planning.

Someone buys a house + 100 register to vote there.

They take over the parish council (via democracy) and do what they like.

The 'big society' idea is EXACTLY what we need. Power to the people.

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I think it is a good start. It's early days yet. The basic principle of devolving power is a good one. Still waiting for the local income tax though. Maybe that would replace the council tax?

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Looks like more power to the NIMBY's, except for major infrastructure which gets a special fast track.

'Home on the farm' is just a blatant bribe to keep the rural tory/lib dem farmers on board. Poor farmer now becomes wealthy rent seeking landlord.

And they are encouraging more 'shared ownership'. Oh joy.

Rather predictable of them don't you think?

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Just think of this.

Small village for 100 houses + parish council which has say in planning.

Someone buys a house + 100 register to vote there.

They take over the parish council (via democracy) and do what they like.

The 'big society' idea is EXACTLY what we need. Power to the people.

And they will be NIMBYs to a man.

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