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Communities & Local Government Committee

Watch live coverage of the committee taking evidence on the work of the Department for Communities and Local Government from 4.40pm on 13 September 2010.

Secretary of State Eric Pickles, Housing Minister Grant Shapps and Junior Minister Greg Clark will give evidence on how cuts in public spending could impact on the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The committee is expected to focus on the announcement by Mr Pickles to scrap the Audit Commission, a move that Mr Pickles had said could save £50m a year.

The abolition is expected to be enshrined in law in 2012 or 2013, with its powers being taken over by other auditors in the private and public sectors.

He has also hit out at council "non-jobs" calling on greater transparency on how jobs are advertised.

At a public meeting during the summer recess, the Housing Minister Grant Shapps floated a proposal for ending the principle of "council houses for life" in England.

However he has stressed that the idea is not a firm policy and would only affect future tenancy agreements.

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