England & Wales Press Releases

LGIU response: Queen’s Speech

LGIU response – Queen’s Speech
Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGIU said:
“Many across local government will be left feeling somewhat underwhelmed by the measures announced in today’s Queen’s speech.

Enhanced powers to regenerate high streets through compulsory purchase and a new infrastructure levy will be welcome. Giving local communities more say over development is right, in principle.

However, we will need to be clear that this represents a net democratic gain compared to current practice and does not empower some parts of the community at the expense of others.

Overall this feels like incremental rather than transformative or systemic change.”