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Queen's Speech 2017: our response

The Speech contained 27 Bills and draft Bills, eight of which deal with the UK’s departure from the European Union. London Councils have prepared a briefing that highlights the Bills and announcements that will impact on London local government. Our analysis is based on the limited information available about the Bills on publication date. As more information and the full Bills are published, we will analyse them and issue further detailed briefings as necessary.

The Bills

  • Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill
  • Courts Bill
  • Draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill
  • Smart Meter Bill
  • Draft Tenants' Fees Bill

Non-legislative measures

  • Commission for Countering Extremism
  • Counter Terrorism Review
  • Independent Public Advocate
  • Mental Health Reform
  • Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower Fire
  • Schools and Technical Education
  • Social Care

Read the briefing Claire Kober OBE

Our statement on Local government finance reforms

Cllr Claire Kober, OBE, Chair of London Councils, said:

“It is disappointing that the Queen’s Speech did not mention local government finance reforms. It is important and still likely that the proposed review of the needs assessment will continue, and we will participate fully in that. However, we are deeply concerned there has been no signal as to the broader reforms to the future funding of local government that should sit alongside that review, including those paving the way to 100% business rates retention. It is vital now that Government gives clarity as to whether this is still their policy intention, and whether it still intends to pilot the introduction of those reforms.”


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