Localism in action
Last updated: 20/09/2012
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The Localism Bill was introduced to Parliament on 13 December
2010 and the Localism Act was passed on 15 November 2011.
Localism Act takes power from central government and hands it
back to local authorities and communities - giving them the freedom
and flexibility to achieve their own ambitions.
The Government has published a
plain English guide to the Localism Act. Different parts of the
Act will come into effect at different times.
Main measures included within the Localism Act
five key measures included within the Act cover community
rights, neighbourhood planning, housing, empowering cities and
other local areas and the general power of competence.
The main measures of the Localism Act fall within four
- New freedoms and flexibilities for local government
- New rights and powers for communities and individuals
- Reform to make the planning system more democratic and more
- Reform to ensure that decisions about housing are taken
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The Localism Act has introduced new rights and powers for
communities and individuals.
The Community Right to Challenge provides
opportunities for voluntary and community bodies, charities,
town and parish councils and two or more employees of the authority
to submit an Expression of Interest (also known as an EOI) to run
local authority services, where they believe they can do so
differently and better.
The Community Right to Bid provides town and parish
councils and local voluntary and community organisations with the
right to nominate local land or buildings which they believe to be
of importance to their community's social well being, for inclusion
in a list of assets of community value.
Localism Act Bite size guides
More information about Localism
The Localism Act has lots of implications
for how we deliver services and engage and work with our
communities and town and parish councils.
Please use the links below for more information about specific
areas of the localism agenda: