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Royal Assent Update

15 November 2011

The government’s Localism Bill received Royal Assent on 15 November, meaning the Localism Act has now become law.

Under the standards provisions of the Act, Standards for England’s regulatory functions will shortly cease.  The date will be confirmed in commencement orders but we anticipate this will occur on 31 January, 2012.

We expect further detail on transitional arrangements to be set out in regulations before the end of January.

In the meantime, any questions about the standards arrangements to be introduced, as set out in the Localism Act, should be referred to the Local Government Standards team in the ‘Conduct and Council Constitutions Division’ at the Department for Communities and Local Government on switchboard number 0303 444 0000. 

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