The well-being power under the Local Government Act 2000

The well-being power in section 2 of the Local Government Act 2000 is a key provision for local government. It appeared to relax the doctrine of ultra vires and offer the opportunity for innovative partnerships between local government and their partners.

On 18 February 2012, the general power of competence was brought into force in respect of principal local authorities. The power significantly enhances the powers of local authorities in England. The well-being power continues to apply to Welsh authorities. For more information, see Practice note, Localism Act 2011: the general power of competence.

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