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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on local government. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

11.11.2016Council tax in England, Wales and Scotland: Social Indicators page
Comparisons of council tax between regions and authority class.
10.11.2016Local government finance in England: Social Indicators page
Summary of the local government finance settlement 2016/17.
01.11.2016The Northern Powerhouse
This briefing paper provides a general overview of the UK Government's plans for a 'Northern Powerhouse'. It explains the origins of the Northern Powerhouse concept, the policy and funding commitments set out by Government, the implications for changes in governance and a look at the future in light of the policies of the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, and the UK's decision to leave the European Union.
25.10.2016Local, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and European Parliament elections: Social Indicators page
Local, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and European Parliament elections: Social Indicators page. A summary of recent election results.
20.10.2016Debate on e-petition relating to the Local Government Pension Scheme
Briefing for debate on e-petition on Local Government Pension Scheme investments on 24 October 2016
07.10.2016The future of Attendance Allowance
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper covers developments since the Government's announcement in December 2015 that it would consider 'giving more responsibility to councils in England, and to Wales, to support older people with care needs - including people who, under the current system, would be supported through Attendance Allowance.' It gives background information on Attendance Allowance, and such information as is available on the Government's plans. It also summarises reactions to the proposals from local government bodies and other stakeholders.
30.09.2016Business rates: the 2017 revaluation
This Commons Library briefing note explains the processes governing the 2017 business rates revaluation.
27.09.2016Council tax: local referendums
This briefing note explains the system of referendums on council tax increases in local authorities. It sets out the legislative framework and the thresholds that have been set in previous years.
06.09.2016Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)
This standard note sets out the working of Business Improvements Districts in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It provides details on how BIDs may be constituted, with reference to key figures.
23.08.2016Local transport in England, 2010-
This paper explains how local transport governance is structured in England and what funding is available. It also looks at the broader question of transport devolution and how the devolved landscape might look in the future.

Lords Library Notes

01.06.2016Bus Services Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
This Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the Bus Services Bill and reaction to it, background to its introduction and a summary of the Bill's clauses.
12.05.2016Queen's Speech 2016 Day 4: Economic Affairs, Energy, Environment, Local Government and Transport
The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen's Speech over four days between 19 and 25 May 2016. This briefing is one of four prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
04.06.2015Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] (HL Bill 1 of 2015-16)
This Note outlines the proposals for reform of combined authorities and local authorities set out in the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL].
08.12.2014Enabling Economic Leadership for Cities
On 11 December 2014, the House of Lords is scheduled to debate the following motion: 'that this House takes note of the case for enabling economic leadership for cities'.
10.02.2014Regional Representation in the House of Lords
This Library Note provides statistics relating to the regions of the UK with which current Members of the House of Lords have connections.
24.12.2012Growth and Infrastructure Bill (HL Bill 72 of 2012-13)
The purpose of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill is to promote investment in infrastructure projects, reduce delays in the planning system and introduce a new employment status of employee shareholder. This Library Note provides background information for the second reading of the Bill in the House of Lords on 8 January 2013.


04.05.2016Barriers to Healthy Food
This briefing reviews current diets and barriers to healthy food including price, marketing, skills and location. It then outlines current initiatives to improve diets.
12.06.2015Trends in Political Participation
Over the last fifty years in the UK, some aspects of participation in formal politics have decreased, such as political party membership. But new forms of participation, such as online activism, have emerged, which may become increasingly important, especially for younger people. This POSTnote discusses trends in political participation, with a focus on new forms, drivers of these trends and how UK democratic institutions are responding.
15.11.2013Urban Green Infrastructure
Urban green infrastructure is a network of green spaces, water and other natural features within urban areas. A green infrastructure approach uses natural processes to deliver multiple functions, such as reducing the risk of flooding and cooling high urban temperatures. This POSTnote summarises research evidence of the effectiveness of green infrastructure, and challenges to its implementation.

Select Committee Reports

16.01.2012Government response to the fifth report of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee on
Government response. Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]
17.10.2011Audit and inspection of local authorities.
Government response. Communities and Local Government report [Commons]
Communities and Local Government report [Commons]
27.06.2011Audit and inspection of local authorities.
Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]
23.06.2011The abolition of regional spatial strategies: a planning vacuum.
Government response. Communities and Local Government report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes that 10 years have passed since the presentation of a petition with 50,000 signatures in favour of a Cornish Assembly to 10 Downing Street on 12 December 2001 ...
That this House notes with concern the forcible removal of East of England MEP, Richard Howitt, from the official media area of Dale Farm by officials of Basildon Council during the ...
That this House calls on the Government to launch an inquiry into the activities of the City of London Corporation reported in The Guardian on 7 November 2011 related to the investment ...
That this House considers that it is unacceptable in a democratic country in thetwenty-firstcentury for the business vote to continue to exist in elections for the City of London Corporation, ...
That this House notes that proposals by Government Ministers run the serious risk of making public sector pension schemes unsustainable; further notes that increasing contributions ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses