Published: 11th Sep 2019

Now in its eighth year, the Localism Act 2011 was a tool created to hurry up change in local authority powers, in social housing and ultimately in solving the shortage of housing. What has happened in reality, however, is a perennial thorn in the side of social housing providers, local authorities and those regions craving the power of devolved financial capability. Lucie Barnes from property litigation specialist, Baines Wilson, discusses more. Surely those in authority owe a duty of care to those not in authority. When the government formed the Act, they aspired to create a more flexible and fluid housing market in which housing stock could be used more effectively. However, section 154 of the Act shows a pronounced failure of fairness. Not only that, but it is a cynical piece of legislation, which has failed in any way to address the problem it was introduced to deal with. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)