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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration he has given to the balance between community empowerment and preventing opposition to any kind of local development in planning and allocating (a) homeless and (b) other services under the provisions of the Localism Bill.
With regard to planning, where the last Government tried to deliver development through imposition from above, this Government will do so through participation and involvement on the ground. Our reforms will enable people to shape development in their local area, and share in the benefits of growth, to deliver the development the country needs.
With regards to homelessness, the Localism Bill does not change the duty on local housing authorities to secure suitable accommodation for households who are eligible for assistance, homeless through no fault of their own and in ‘priority need’. The Bill's provisions give local authorities flexibility to end the homelessness duty with offer of suitable accommodation in private rented sector.
With regards to other services, the community right to challenge will enable communities to express an interest in running a local authority service which, where accepted, will lead to a procurement exercise for the service.