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Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, responding to the CLG Select Committee Report on Localism published today, said:

“The criticism in the select committee’s report reinforces Labour’s argument that the Tory-led government’s supposed localism agenda is a nothing more than a sham.

“Not only does the Localism Bill create over 100 new powers for the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, but hardly a week goes by without Eric Pickles issuing a new missive or diktat telling councils what to do.

“The endless ministerial interference, the complete lack of joined up thinking between departments on what localism actually means in practice and the absence of any central strategy has left the government’s localism rhetoric sounding increasingly empty."

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