This morning's Queen's speech was dominated by legislation designed to support Brexit. So much so in fact that local government legislation that was making good progress in the last Parliament and that would have seen the introduction of property owner BIDs in the whole of England (they can already exist in London) and allowed one hundred per cent business rate retention by local authorities, will now not be brought forward in the next two years.

The Institute has talked with DCLG about this today, and the lack of Parliamentary time to enable the passage of the required primary legislation means that it is not possible to reintroduce the necssary Bill. DCLG are, however, grateful to the many organisations who gave their time to discuss the previous Bill and hope to be able to continue discussions on these topics when there is greater clarity about Ministerial teams and priorities. However, this will not at present lead to the introduction of a Bill in this Parliamentary session.