The Localism Act 2011 introduced a new General Power of Competence. Under the provision, a local authority has the power to do anything that individuals generally of full legal capacity may do.
The essay ‘Power to make a difference' was commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA) from Nicholas Dobson of Pannone Solicitors to offer an independent perspective to inform thinking, stimulate thought and generate debate around the potential of the new power.
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The Localism Act 2011 – ‘Power to make a difference' (PDF, 10 pages, 93KB)
3 April 2013