Public Sector: Warning on Localism Bill

The delayed Localism Bill will pose problems for the coalition if it is seen to favour 'the sharp-elbowed minority', one public affairs boss has warned.

The Bill was introduced to Parliament this week. It includes measures such as scrapping lifelong council tenancies, creating local referendums and mayors, and encouraging communities to run local pubs.

Writing for prweek.com/uk, Hanover Communications MD Charles Lewington warns that the coalition must 'stand firm' when it is 'inevitably attacked for increasing disparities in local services'.

He adds: 'This will be easier to do if this Bill results in genuine engagement in the political process by groups beyond the sharp-elbowed minority who always leap at the chance to have more power over planning decisions.'

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