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Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009


96.On 9 June 2009 the Court of Appeal, in its consideration of Brent London Borough Council v Risk Management Partners Ltd [2009] EWCA Civ 490, ruled that the participation of councils in the London Authorities’ Mutual Ltd was beyond their statutory powers. On 21 July 2009, the Department for Communities and Local Government published the consultation paper Strengthening Local Democracy which proposed specific new powers to enable councils to set up and participate in mutual insurance arrangements. This Chapter confers these powers on local authorities and other best value authorities in England and Wales and also permits insurance to be provided to other bodies specified by regulation. “Best value” authorities are defined in section 1 of the Local Government Act 1999.

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