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Local Government Act 2010

Local Government Act 2010
Long titleAn Act to prevent the implementation of existing proposals made for the purposes of Part 1 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.
Citation2010 c. 35
Introduced byBaroness Hanham/Eric Pickles
Territorial extentEngland and Wales
Royal assent16 December 2010
Commencement16 December 2010
Other legislation
Relates toLocal Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007
Status: Current legislation
History of passage through Parliament
Text of statute as originally enacted
Text of the Local Government Act 2010 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from

The Local Government Act 2010 (c. 35) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It revokes structural change orders that would have established Exeter and Norwich as unitary authorities and prevents the implementation of the Suffolk unitary proposals.

The implementation orders were blocked by a High Court ruling,[specify] but Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said the "zombie proposals" still theoretically existed and had to be killed off.[1] The Bill was introduced in the House of Lords on 26 May 2010. The Bill's second reading was blocked following Lord Howarth's argument that it constituted a hybrid bill.[2] It ultimately passed third reading in Lords on 5 October.

In favour of the Bill, the Government said that halting the plan would save £40 million in reorganisation costs.[3] Lord McKenzie of Luton, a member of the opposition Labour Party, said that the bill would "shut out Exeter and Norwich from the opportunity to become unitary councils" in "an arrogant, dictatorial and brutal way".[3]


  1. ^ "Exeter and Norwich 'zombie' unitary plans killed off". BBC News Online. 21 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Coalition government defeated for first time by Lords". BBC News Online. 8 June 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Halt to unitary Exeter and Norwich plan 'arrogant'". BBC News Online. 30 June 2010.

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