A proposed policy statement to accompany Part 2 of the Localism Act was developed with the Local Government Association and Greater London Authority. The consultation on the proposed statement ended on 22 April 2012. As a result, the policy statement has been revised and is now available in final form.
The Localism Act provides a substantial and lasting shift in power away from central government and towards local people. The government has given public authorities more powers and freedoms to conduct their business and deliver services to the public. This includes a major reduction in the ‘oversight’ role of central government. Public authorities must, therefore, accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions or omissions.
Part 2 of the Localism Act is about incentivising public authorities to comply with European law, in order to avoid any financial sanctions in the first place. The policy statement sets out a fair, proportionate and reasonable approach for the use of Part 2.