Local Government (Review of Decisions) Bill (HC Bill 21)

A

BILL

TO

Make provision about the procedure for conducting investigations under Part
3 of the Local Government Act 1974; and to make provision for cases where an
authority to which that Part applies takes a decision that affects the holding of
an event for a reason relating to health or safety.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Decision invoking health or safety: notification, reasons and review

In the Local Government Act 1974 before Part 3 insert—

Part 2A

Decisions relating to holding of events

22A Decisions invoking health or safety: notification, reasons and review

(1) Subsection (2) applies if—

(a) 5a decision that relates to an event in England is taken by or on
behalf of an authority to which Part 3 of this Act applies,

(b) the decision is taken in connection with the exercise of the
authority’s administrative functions, and

(c) for a reason related to the health or safety of any person, or for
10reasons that include such a reason, the decision has effect to—

(i) stop the holding of the event,

(ii) impose restrictions on the holding of the event,

(iii) impose conditions to be met in connection with the
holding of the event, or

(iv) 15do all, or any two, of those things.

(2) The authority must ensure that written notification of the decision is
given (electronically or otherwise) to—

(a) the person who made the application or other request to which
the decision is a response, or

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(b) a person who appears to the authority to be an organiser of the
event if the decision is made otherwise than on a request.

(3) Written notification given for the purposes of subsection (2)—

(a) must be given on the day the decision is taken or, if it is not
5reasonably practicable to give the notification on that day, must
be given on the first working day after that day,

(b) must, if the decision has the effect mentioned in subsection
(1)(c)(i), give details of the decision’s effect,

(c) must, if the decision has the effect mentioned in subsection
10(1)(c)(ii) or (iii), give details of the restrictions or conditions,

(d) must include the reasons for the decision so far as it has any of
the effects mentioned in subsection (1)(c)(i) to (iii), and

(e) may be a notification that is given also for other purposes.

(4) Subsection (5) applies if—

(a) 15for the purposes of subsection (2) an authority gives a person
notification of a decision, and

(b) the person, or some other person who is an organiser of the
event, asks the authority to review the decision.

(5) The authority must ensure—

(a) 20that a review of the decision is completed—

(i) as soon as is reasonably practicable after the authority
receives the request for the review, and

(ii) in any event, by the end of 15 days beginning with the
day on which the authority receives the request, and

(b) 25that the person who asked for the review is given (electronically
or otherwise) written notification of the decision made on the
review, including the reasons for the decision, as soon as is
reasonably practicable after the decision is made.

(6) On a review under subsection (5) of a decision, the decision is to be—

(a) 30confirmed,

(b) withdrawn,

(c) replaced by any other decision that could have been taken in the
first instance, or

(d) varied (but only if the decision as varied is one that could have
35been taken in the first instance).

(7) If a person has rights to appeal against or otherwise challenge a
decision reviewed under subsection (5), the person has the
corresponding rights to challenge the decision made on the review.

(8) In this section “working day” means any day other than a Saturday, a
40Sunday, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday
under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in England and
Wales.

2 Procedure for investigations by Local Government Ombudsman

(1) Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1974 (procedure in respect of
45investigations under Part 3 by Local Commissioners) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (2) (investigations by Local Commissioner to be conducted in

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private but otherwise as the Local Commissioner considers appropriate) after
“without prejudice to the generality of the preceding provision” insert

(a) the Local Commissioner may, as well as adopting different
procedure for different cases, adopt different procedure for
5cases of different descriptions; and

(b).

(3) After subsection (4) insert—

(5) The differential procedure authorised by subsection (2)(a) includes (in
particular) procedure for cases of a particular description that is
10expected to be faster than that for at least some other cases.

3 Financial provisions

There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament any increase attributable to
this Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so provided.

4 Short title, commencement and extent

(1) 15This Act may be cited as the Local Government (Review of Decisions) Act 2015.

(2) This Act comes into force at the end of 2 months beginning with the day on
which it is passed.

(3) The Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument make such
provision amending, repealing or revoking legislation as the Secretary of State
20considers appropriate in consequence of any provision made by this Act.

(4) In subsection (3) “legislation”, in relation to any provision made by this Act,
means—

(a) any Act passed before, or in the same Session as, this Act, or

(b) any instrument made under an Act before the coming into force of the
25provision.

(5) The Secretary of State may not make an order under subsection (3) which
amends or repeals a provision of an Act unless a draft of the statutory
instrument containing the order (whether alone or with other provisions) has
been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.

(6) 30A statutory instrument that—

(a) contains an order under subsection (3), and

(b) is not subject to any requirement that a draft of the instrument be laid
before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament,

is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of
35Parliament.

(7) This Act extends to England and Wales only, except that this section extends
also to Scotland and Northern Ireland.