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Council tax: local referendums – UK Parliament

Any billing authority, major precepting authority (e.g. a county council) or local precepting authority (e.g. a parish council) which exceeds the principles which apply to them will trigger a referendum of registered local electors. A simple majority of those voting will determine the outcome. Referendums are to be organised by billing authorities and there is . . . → Read More: Council tax: local referendums – UK Parliament

Local authorities: the general power of competence

The general power of competence is a new power available to local authorities in England that will allow them to do “anything that individuals generally may do”. It was provided for in the Localism Act 2011 and will replace the well-being powers in the Local Government Act 2000. It was brought into force for local authorities on 18 February 2012 in response to a High Court judgment relating to prayers at the beginning of meetings of Bideford Town Council. Draft regulations have been laid that would extend the power to parish councils that meet certain criteria; this is likely to take effect in April. . . . → Read More: Local authorities: the general power of competence

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