The Coronavirus Act 2020: What does it mean for Local Authorities in England?

The Coronavirus Act 2020 (the “Act”) obtained Royal Assent on 25 March and introduces a number of temporary emergency measures to deal with a range of issues associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Government’s Explanatory Notes say that the Act aims to combat the virus by: Increasing the health and social care workforce; Easing…

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Coronavirus Bill: Local Authority Meetings

In committee stage in the Commons on 23 March, an amendment was made bringing in a new clause which deals with local authority meetings. Summary of clause: The Secretary of State and Welsh Ministers will be able to make regulations relating to— (a) requirements to hold local authority meetings (b) the times at or by…

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The Environment Bill – Planning Implications: The Biodiversity Net Gain Approach

On 26th February, the Environment Bill (‘the Bill’) had its second reading in the House of Commons. The Bill, which sets out the future governance framework for environmental law once the UK leaves the EU, also sets out specific environmental improvement measures. The Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, which would become the first ‘Environmental Improvement…

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The Queen’s Speech 2019: Highlights for Local Authorities

Introduction Brexit, void prorogations, leadership change and all the rest of it has meant it’s been a long time coming but the first Queen’s Speech since June 2017 has now been delivered. Whether or not any of the legislation will be enacted, given the possibility of a general election soon, is another matter. But anyway,…

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HS2 Phase 2A Bill begins Parliamentary journey

On 17th July 2017, the government introduced the High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill into Parliament. The Bill will authorise the construction and operation of HS2 from Fradley in Staffordshire (the northern end of the Phase One Act works) to Crewe. The Bill gives deemed planning permission for the works, power to acquire land compulsorily…

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