This Library Paper has been prepared for the Commons stages of the Business and Planning Bill 2019-21 on 29 June 2020.
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The Business and Planning Bill 2019-21 was introduced in the House of Commons on 25 June 2020.
The purpose of the Bill is to help businesses recover from the disruption caused by Covid-19 and to support them in implementing safer ways of working, in particular the need for social distancing. The Bill would:
- make it easier for restaurants and pubs in England and Wales to seat and serve customers outdoors through temporary changes to licensing law and outdoor seating;
- make changes to planning law in England to ensure that the planning system can support the planning and safe construction of new development following the impact of Covid-19;
- facilitate ‘Bounce Back Loans’ by disapplying ‘unfair relationships’ provisions in the Consumer Credit Act 1974 for lending made under the Bounce Back Loans Scheme;
- make changes to HGV and PCV licensing in Great Britain and Northern Ireland and roadworthiness testing for heavy vehicles in Great Britain to prevent a backlog of checks and tests from disrupting services, whilst respecting safety considerations.
The Bill is due to have its Commons stages on 29 June 2020.