Communities and Local Government Committee - Tenth Report
The work of the Communites and Local Government Committee since 2010

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 10 March 2015.


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

Purpose of the report

Written contributions

Roundtable discussion

Coverage of the report

Record of appreciation

2 Methods of working

Gathering evidence

Approaches to questioning

Other approaches to evidence gathering


Discussion forums



Use of research

Joint working with other Committees

Devolved assemblies and local government

3 Research


The sources of information we use

Use of commissioned research

How we treat the information we receive

Role of specialist advisers

4 Review of core tasks


Strategy, Policy, Expenditure and Performance

Draft Bills

Bills and Delegated Legislation

Post-legislative Scrutiny

European Scrutiny


Support for the House

Public Engagement

5 Unfinished business


European Regional Development Fund

Localisation issues in welfare reform

Community Budgets

London Government

The Local Government Ombudsman

Regulation Committee of the Homes and Communities Agency

Operation of park homes legislation

Knight review of fire and rescue authorities

The Private Rented Sector

Building Regulations


Government responses awaited

6 Major developments that the new committee may wish to consider

Local government

Scrutiny and accountability

Financial sustainability of local authorities


City Deals

Greater Manchester health devolution

Business rates


Town centres

Housing and planning

Housing guarantees

The house building industry

Community Infrastructure Levy

Holiday homes

Conclusions and recommendations

Appendix: note of roundtable meeting

Methods of working and effectiveness


Evidence and research

Local government scrutiny

Major developments post-May 2015

Formal Minutes

Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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