The Local Government and Environment Select Committee has just released its report on the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill. Unusually, the Committee was unable to agree on whether or not the Bill should be passed. The Committee failed to agree on the key provisions of the Bill, including the proposed new purpose of local government and the removal of the "four well beings", and so those provisions have remained as in the original Bill. The Committee did agree on some amendments to the Bill, including those relating to mayoral powers and the establishment of financial prudence requirements for councils and benchmarks for assessing financial performance.

The Bill now has been referred back to the House for its second reading. We will continue to keep a close eye on the progression of this Bill.

A copy of the Select Committee's report can be accessed here.