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THE COALITION AGREEMENT
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PLEDGESPARTY ORIGINSTATUSNOTES
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LDDoneOf interest
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Conin progressAs expected
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not sure – in neither manifestoin progress / wait and see
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1BANKING
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We will reform the banking system to avoid a repeat of the financial crisis, to promote a competitive economy, to sustain the recovery and to protect and sustain jobs.Bothin progress
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We will introduce a banking levy and seek a detailed agreement on implementation.Bothin progressBanking levy in conjunction with France & Germany will come into operation in January 2011. Expected to raise £1.1bn in 2011-12, £2.3bn in 2012-13, £2.5bn in 2013-14. However TUC predicted £5-8bn – therefore levy weaker than predicted.
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We will bring forward detailed proposals for robust action to tackle unacceptable bonuses in the financial services sector; in developing these proposals, we will ensure they are effective in reducing risk.LDwait and seeNo mention of a tax on bonuses in the budget – although possibility of a financial transactions tax (FTT) is raised and the FSA is tasked with considering more stringent requirements on the deferral and award of variable pay, examining mechanisms for strengthening the link between incentives and long-term performance, and considering how to vary capital requirements to offset risk in remuneration practices. 12/7/10 After criticism of being soft on the banks, Mark Hoban said the Govt was considering a permanent tax on the pay & profits of banks (FTT) but decision yet.
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We want the banking system to serve business, not the other way round. We will bring forward detailed proposals to foster diversity in financial services, promote mutuals and create a more competitive banking industry.LD?No sign of action to encourage diversity within the banking sector.
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We will develop effective proposals to ensure the flow of credit to viable SMEs. This will include consideration of both a major loan guarantee scheme and the use of net lending targets for the nationalised banks.Bothin progress£200m extension of the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme, which supports lending, is operational from Oct 2010 & BIS draft structural reform plan promises more policies the same month. Oct 2011 deadline to address market failures in provision of bank lending & equity finance to viable SMEs. 16/6/10 Bank of England given the power to look at lending policies of individual banks.
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We will take steps to reduce systemic risk in the banking system and will establish an independent commission to investigate the complex issue of separating retail and investment banking in a sustainable way; while recognising that this will take time to get right, the commission will be given an initial time frame of one year to report.LDin progressVince Cable wants to separation of retail and investment banks – George Osbourne announced the creation of a banking commission led by Sir John Vickers which will report by Sept 2011. BUT Nick Clegg admitted there was a “lively debate” within Govt & Cable admitted that the commission might not back a split softening his position. Osbourne clearly in charge. Possible u-turn!
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We will reform the regulatory system to avoid a repeat of the financial crisis. We will bring forward proposals to give the Bank of England control of macro-prudential regulation and oversight of micro-prudential regulation.ConDoneThe new regulatory framework creates a Bank of England Financial Policy Committee for macro-prudential regulation and a Prudential Regulation Authority as a Bank subsidiary, with the Bank governor and a deputy governor in charge. This replaces the FSA, whose abolition had been opposed by the Lib Dems before the election.
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We rule out joining or preparing to join the European Single Currency for the duration of this agreement.ConDone
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We will work with the Bank of England to investigate how the process of including housing costs in the CPI measure of inflation can be accelerated.?wait and seeGeorge Osborne has said he will 'welcome' the Bank of England governor’s views on housing costs can be included in the CPI measure of inflation, though when the first unveiling of this index might be is not yet clear
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We will create Britain’s first free national financial advice service, which will be funded in full from a new social responsibility levy on the financial services sector.Con?
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We take white collar crime as seriously as other crime, so we will create a single agency to take on the work of tackling serious economic crime that is currently done by, among others, the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Services Authority and Office of Fair Trading.Con (not in Manifesto)in progressThe coalition is working on plans for an Economic Crime Agency. But in the financial crisis, the cost may be prohibitive – it may be cancelled if it costs too much.
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2BUSINESS
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We will cut red tape by introducing a ‘one-in, one-out’ rule whereby no new regulation is brought in without other regulation being cut by a greater amount.LDDoneThe rule began operation on 1 September 2010. 5/8/10 Announcement by Vince Cable - Ministers seek to introduce new regulations on business/third sector, with a view to expand it. Govt has agreed to a set of Principles of Regulation that Government departments must apply when considering new regulations. Govt has asked the independent Regulatory Policy Committee to externally scrutinise evidence & analysis on new proposals & has provided the opportunity for public and businesses to consult on onerous regulations.
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We will end the culture of ‘tick-box’ regulation, and instead target inspections on high-risk organisations through co-regulation and improving professional standards.?wait and seeThe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills draft structural reform plan says a statement on 'tick box' regulation and a co-regulation plan (which will focus inspections on high-risk organisations) will come in January 2011
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We will impose ‘sunset clauses’ on regulations and regulators to ensure that the need for each regulation is regularly reviewed.LDin progressBIS draft structural reform plan sets out plans to introduce 'sunset clauses' on regulations (automatic expiry) from June 2010, with legislation from Nov 2010 – Nov 2011.
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We will review IR 35, as part of a wholesale review of all small business taxation, and seek to replace it with simpler measures that prevent tax avoidance but do not place undue administrative burdens or uncertainty on the self-employed, or restrict labour market flexibility.?DoneThe Office for Tax Simplification, set up by George Osborne, has been tasked to review small business taxation, including finding a simpler alternative to IR35
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We will find a practical way to make small business rate relief automatic.LD?
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We will reform the corporate tax system by simplifying reliefs and allowances, and tackling avoidance, in order to reduce headline rates. Our aim is to create the most competitive corporate tax regime in the G20, while protecting manufacturing industries.Conin progressGeorge Osbourne announced in the budget that he would reduce the headline rate of corporation tax by 1p a year to 24p.
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We will seek to ensure an injection of private capital into Royal Mail, including opportunities for employee ownership. We will retain Post Office Ltd in public ownership.LDin progressPostal Services Bill in the Queen's speech allows the sale of part of Royal Mail (plans originally drawn up by Lord Mandelson. 10/9/10 Vince Cable announces full privatisation of Royal Mail (further than Labour and Coalition plans), includes offering shares to employees. The Coalition Agreement just said “an injection of private capital” with 49% of RM sold off. Govt now recognises an “urgent need for new capital”. Total privatisation preferable but all options open. Govt remains “fully committed” to retaining full ownership of Post Office network & takes on responsibility for pension fund. Enabling bill to be introduced later in the Autumn.
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We will seek to ensure a level playing field between small and large retailers by enabling councils to take competition issues into account when drawing up their local plans to shape the direction and type of new retail development.LD?No sign of action. Watering down of LD manifesto which required a local competition test for all planning applications for new retail developments.
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We will give the public the opportunity to challenge the worst regulations.ConDoneThe Your Freedom website unveiled by Nick Clegg has a dual focus - allowing the public to name both laws they want repealed and regulations they want rolled back. The business department will also hold regional meetings with SMEs from October 2010 to July 2011. The Conservative Manifesto gave the opportunity for the public to force the worst regulations to be repealed.
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We will review employment and workplace laws, for employers and employees, to ensure they maximise flexibility for both parties while protecting fairness and providing the competitive environment required for enterprise to thrive.??
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We will make it easier for people to set up new enterprises by cutting the time it takes to start a new business. Our ambition is to make the UK one of the fastest countries in the world to start up a new business. We will reduce the number of forms needed to register a new business, and move towards a ‘one-click’ registration model.Conin progressBIS draft structural reform plan sets from June to Dec 2010 to develop proposals to align Company House & HM Revenue & Customs to create a 'one-click' registration process. It forecasts an online 'one stop shop' by April 2011.
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We will end the ban on social tenants starting businesses in their own homes.Con?
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We will promote small business procurement, in particular by introducing an aspiration that 25% of government contracts should be awarded to small and medium-sized businesses and by publishing government tenders in full online and free of charge.Conwait and seeThe Cabinet Office draft structural reform plan anticipates the publication of all central government tender documents above £10,000 on a single website by September 2010
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We will consider the implementation of the Dyson Review to make the UK the leading hi-tech exporter in Europe, and refocus the research and development tax credit on hi-tech companies, small firms and start-ups.Conwait and seeBIS draft structural reform plan says the Govt is developing its response from June to Dec 2010. George Osborne said his first budget that the government will consult with business in autumn 2010 to review the support R&D tax credits provide for innovation.
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We will review the range of factors that can be considered by regulators when takeovers are proposed.LDin progressVince Cable is preparing a formal government response to a report by MPs investigating Kraft's takeover of Cadbury. A City watchdog is studying whether the '50% plus one' minimum acceptance should be raised. A departmental review runs from Jun 2010 to March 2011.
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We will reinstate an Operating and Financial Review to ensure that directors’ social and environmental duties have to be covered in company reporting, and investigate further ways of improving corporate accountability and transparency.LDwait and seeBIS draft structural reform plan says it will be reinstated by March 2011, the deadline for developing other options on transparecy & accountability is Dec 2010.
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We will ensure that Post Offices are allowed to offer a wide range of services in order to sustain the network, and we will look at the case for developing new sources of revenue, such as the creation of a Post Office Bank.LDwait and seeBIS draft structural reform plan has this as 'dependent on commercial negotiations'
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We will end the so-called ‘gold-plating’ of EU rules, so that British businesses are not disadvantaged relative to their European competitors.LDwait and see5/8/10 Ministers will be taking a rigorous approach, engaging earlier in the Brussels policy process. BIS draft structural reform plan sets a deadline for publishing the first proposals. A review on existing EU rules is underway.
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We will support the creation of Local Enterprise Partnerships – joint local authority-business bodies brought forward by local authorities themselves to promote local economic development – to replace Regional Development Agencies (RDAs). These may take the form of the existing RDAs in areas where they are popular.Bothin progressRDAs are to have their functions transferred to other bodies & assets disposed of ahead of formal dissolution in April 2012. LEPs, created by the localism bill (Nov 2011?), will begin work at the same time.
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We will take steps to improve the competitiveness of the UK tourism industry, recognising the important part it plays in our national economy.?in progressJeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, has announced a £1bn fund to promote Britain as a tourist destination as a permanent legacy of the Olympic Games. David Cameron has also said measures to help the industry would be speeding up the process of getting visitors' visas for the UK in India and China
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3CIVIL LIBERTIES
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We will implement a full programme of measures to reverse the substantial erosion of civil liberties and roll back state intrusion.Bothin progressThe pledge was made by Nick Clegg in his first speech as deputy PM. It soon saw a website - Your Freedom - that invited the public to nominate laws, regulations or red tape they would like to do away with. The coalition says some could make it into the freedom bill
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We will introduce a Freedom Bill.LDin progressA “freedom (great repeal) bill” to be passed in November 2011
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We will scrap the ID card scheme, the National Identity register and the ContactPoint database, and halt the next generation of biometric passports.LDDoneNext generation biometric passports, so-called fingerprint passports, were to be issued from 2012. Theresa May, the home secretary, announced work on them would stop with immediate effect and a new design of biometric passport issued from 5 October 2010. Scrapped within the first 100 days of the coalition
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We will outlaw the finger-printing of children at school without parental permission.LDin progressThe Home Office draft structural reform plan said the measure will be included in a freedom (great repeal) bill to be passed in November 2011
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We will extend the scope of the Freedom of Information Act to provide greater transparency.LDin progressA freedom (great repeal) bill in the Queen's speech extends the scope of the Freedom of Information Act. According to Liberal Democrat manifesto pledges, this could mean it covers government-owned bodies such as Network Rail. The Ministry of Justice draft structural reform plan sets a November 2011 deadline for the extension
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We will adopt the protections of the Scottish model for the DNA database.Bothin progressThe freedom (great repeal) bill in the Queen's speech will limit the storage of DNA, but is likely to put a limit on the time that innocent people's DNA can be stored rather than outlaw it altogether - as the Liberal Democrats wanted
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We will protect historic freedoms through the defence of trial by jury.LDin progressThe freedom bill in the Queen's speech will protect trial by jury.
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We will restore rights to non-violent protest.LDin progressThe government says the freedom bill will allow peaceful protest without fear of criminalisation and the Home Office draft structural reform plan specifies a review of the laws governing protests around Parliament. Section 44 stop and search powers, suspended by Theresa May, the home secretary, had also been used against protesters
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We will review libel laws to protect freedom of speech.Bothin progressThe Ministry of Justice draft structural reform plan sets a March 2011 deadline to develop proposals, when a draft defamation reform bill will be published
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We will introduce safeguards against the misuse of anti-terrorism legislation.Bothin progressTheresa May, suspended the use of section 44 stop and search powers on individuals and will report in the autumn on a review into counter terrorism legislation, including the 28-day limit on detaining terrorist suspects without charge
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We will further regulate CCTV.Bothin progressRegulation of CCTV is expected to be introduced in the freedom bill. The Home Office draft structural reform plan says the measures will ensure its use is proportionate and retains public confidence
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We will end the storage of internet and email records without good reason.LDin progressThe freedom (great repeal) bill will end the storage of internet and email records 'without good reason'. The Home Office draft structural reform plan sets a November 2010 deadline for publishing proposals for what that means
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We will introduce a new mechanism to prevent the proliferation of unnecessary new criminal offences.LDDoneA new Gateway has been created to scrutinise all legislation containing criminal offences. Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke will examine proposals that would create criminal offences to ensure that they are justified and proportionate.
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We will establish a Commission to investigate the creation of a British Bill of Rights that incorporates and builds on all our obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, ensures that these rights continue to be enshrined in British law, and protects and extends British liberties. We will seek to promote a better understanding of the true scope of these obligations and liberties.Conwait and seeA Commission to be established to investigate the creation of a UK Bill of Rights to start in 2011.
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4COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
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We will promote the radical devolution of power and greater financial autonomy to local government and community groups. This will include a review of local government finance.Bothin progressThe localism bill gives greater financial autonomy to local government and community groups. There have been two reviews of local government finance in the last six years and seven since 1976. The last called for more financial freedoms for councils, but was promptly shelved
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We will rapidly abolish Regional Spatial Strategies and return decision-making powers on housing and planning to local councils, including giving councils new powers to stop ‘garden grabbing’.ConDoneRegional spatial strategies were revoked in June 2010, according to the Department for Communities and Local Government draft structural reform plan. The passing of the localism bill in November 2011 will abolish the requirement for them
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In the longer term, we will radically reform the planning system to give neighbourhoods far more ability to determine the shape of the places in which their inhabitants live, based on the principles set out in the Conservative Party publication ‘Open Source Planning’.Conin progressGrant Shapps, the housing minister, has said Local Housing Trusts will allow community-backed developments to proceed without specific planning applications. The localism bill also introduces principles of 'open source planning', which the government wants to see adhered in advance of the November 2011 passing of the bill
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We will abolish the unelected Infrastructure Planning Commission and replace it with an efficient and democratically accountable system that provides a fast-track process for major infrastructure projects.LDin progressThe Infrastructure Planning Commission started work in October 2009 with the aim of fast-tracking planning decisions on big projects by taking them out of local authority control. It will be replaced by a Major Infrastructure Planning Unit, where ministers will decide, in April 2012
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We will publish and present to Parliament a simple and consolidated national planning framework covering all forms of development and setting out national economic, environmental and social priorities.Con?
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We will maintain the Green Belt, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and other environmental protections, and create a new designation – similar to SSSIs – to protect green areas of particular importance to local communities.LDin progressThe Department for Communities and Local Government draft structural reform plan says the localism bill, scheduled to be passed in November 2011, will create the new designation
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We will abolish the Government Office for London and consider the case for abolishing the remaining Government Offices.Bothin progressIt has had its abolition announced. The fates of the remaining offices are being considered alongside the spending review - to be revealed in October 2010. The Department for Communities and Local Government draft structural reform plan sets April 2012 as a deadline for the dissolution of all abolished offices
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We will provide more protection against aggressive bailiffs and unreasonable charging orders, ensure that courts have the power to insist that repossession is always a last resort, and ban orders for sale on unsecured debts of less than £25,000.Both?
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We will explore a range of measures to bring empty homes into use.LDin progressThe Liberal Democrat manifesto talked of grants and loans for 250,000 homes. The coalition programme is less specific. The Department for Communities and Local Government draft structural reform plan says options are being developed from July to December 2010
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We will promote shared ownership schemes and help social tenants and others to own or part-own their home.Conin progressThe Department for Communities and Local Government draft structural reform plan says measures to help social tenants own or part-own their home are currently being developed and will be in place in April 2011
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We will promote ‘Home on the Farm’ schemes that encourage farmers to convert existing buildings into affordable housing.LDin progressThe Department for Communities and Local Government draft structural reform plan schedules promotion for the schemes to begin in September 2010 and run to June 2011
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We will create new trusts that will make it simpler for communities to provide homes for local people.Con?
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We will phase out the ring-fencing of grants to local government and review the unfair Housing Revenue Account.LD?
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We will freeze Council Tax in England for at least one year, and seek to freeze it for a further year, in partnership with local authorities.Conin progressGeorge Osborne announced in the budget that he would 'offer a deal' to councils that if they could keep their cost increases low, the government would help to freeze council tax
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We will create directly elected mayors in the 12 largest English cities, subject to confirmatory referendums and full scrutiny by elected councillors.Conin progressThe localism bill, announced in the Queen's speech, will legislate for directly elected mayors, according to the Department for Communities and Local Government draft structural reform plan
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We will give councils a general power of competence.Conin progressA decentralisation and localism bill in the Queen's speech gives councils a general power of competence. The Department for Communities and Local Government draft structural reform plan sets a November 2011 deadline for passing the bill
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We will ban the use of powers in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) by councils, unless they are signed off by a magistrate and required for stopping serious crime.Bothin progressUse of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) by local authorities will be reviewed by Lord Ken Macdonald as part of a wider overhaul of counter-terrorism legislation, which could scale back counter-terrorism measures in order to restore the balance of civil liberties.
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We will allow councils to return to the committee system, should they wish to.?in progressThe Department for Communities and Local Government draft structural reform plan sets a November 2011 deadline for identifying and implementing measures to allow councils to return to the committee system should they wish to. It will form part of the localism bill
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We will abolish the Standards Board regime.?in progressA decentralisation and localism bill in the Queen's speech abolishes the standards board regime. The Department for Communities and Local Government draft structural reform plan sets a November 2011 deadline for passing the bill
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We will stop the restructuring of councils in Norfolk, Suffolk and Devon, and stop plans to force the regionalisation of the fire service.Conin progress / wait and seeA local government bill announced in the Queen's speech will stop the creation of unitary councils in Exeter and Norwich. It also prevents implementation of the Suffolk unitary proposals. The bill is currently in the House of Lords. The coalition has abandoned plans to force fire brigades to merge into giant regional services, but is continuing with the development of regional control centres
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We will impose tougher rules to stop unfair competition by local authority newspapers.Conin progressThe Department for Communities and Local Government draft structural reform plan schedules November 2010 amending the code of recommended practice on local authority publicity
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We will introduce new powers to help communities save local facilities and services threatened with closure, and give communities the right to bid to take over local state-run services.Conin progressA decentralisation and localism bill in the Queen's speech grants new powers to help save local facilities and services threatened with closure. The Department for Communities and Local Government draft structural reform plan sets a November 2011 deadline for passing the bill. It also gives communities the right to bid to take over local state-run services. The Department for Communities and Local Government draft structural reform plan sets a November 2011 deadline for passing the bill
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We will implement the Sustainable Communities Act, so that citizens know how taxpayers’ money is spent in their area and have a greater say over how it is spent.Bothwait and seeNo decisions on implementation as yet. However, EDM 178 has over 200 MP's signatures calling for the proposals to be dealt with expeditiously.
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We will cut local government inspection and abolish the Comprehensive Area Assessment.Conin progressThe Department for Communities and Local Government draft structural reform plan schedules the abolition of Comprehensive Area Assessments for October 2010
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We will require continuous improvements to the energy efficiency of new housing.LDin progressThe Department for Communities and Local Government draft structural reform plan says it is developing options from June to December 2010 to ensure continuous improvements in the energy efficiency of new housing
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We will provide incentives for local authorities to deliver sustainable development, including for new homes and businesses.Bothin progressThe Department for Communities and Local Government draft structural reform plan states that a scheme for new homes will be announced in July 2010 and the first incentives in place by April 2011
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We will review the effectiveness of the raising of the stamp duty threshold for first-time buyers.cusin progressThe budget confirmed that the government is reviewing Labour's exemption of first time buyers from stamp duty up to £250,000 (the Conservative manifesto wanted a permanent raise to £250,000)
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We will give councillors the power to vote on large salary packages for unelected council officials.Con?
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We will give regulators new powers to define and ban excessive interest rates on credit and store cards; and we will introduce a seven-day cooling-off period for store cards.Bothin progressThe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills draft structural reform plan sets October 2011 as a deadline to put in place measures to protect credit and store card users
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We will oblige credit card companies to provide better information to their customers in a uniform electronic format that will allow consumers to find out whether they are receiving the best deal.Conin progressThe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills draft structural reform plan sets a December 2011 deadline for working with the industry to increase transparency for credit card users
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We will introduce stronger consumer protections, including measures to end unfair bank and financial transaction charges.LDin progressThe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills draft structural reform plan sets an October 2010 deadline for the measures to be in place
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We will take forward measures to enhance customer service in the private and public sectors.LD?
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We will introduce, as a first step, an Ombudsman in the Office of Fair Trading who can proactively enforce the Grocery Supply Code of Practice and curb abuses of power, which undermine our farmers and act against the long-term interest of consumers.Conin progressThe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills draft structural reform plan says a grocery code adjudicator will be introduced by November 2012 through an adjudicator bill to be passed in November 2011
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We will introduce honesty in food labelling so that consumers can be confident about where their food comes from and its environmental impact.Bothwait and seeThe Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs draft structural reform plan is opting for a voluntary approach. It will publish an evaluation and, if necessary, further steps to ensure transparency in May 2011
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We will increase households’ control over their energy costs by ensuring that energy bills provide information on how to move to the cheapest tariff offered by their supplier, and how each household’s energy usage compares to similar households.LDin progressAn energy bill in the Queen's speech may require energy companies to provide more information on energy bills. In response to concern that the policies that only 'may' be in the bill, a spokesman said they were still commitments but might not need primary legislation
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We will give Post Office Card account holders the chance to benefit from direct debit discounts and ensure that social tariffs offer access to the best prices available.Con?
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