What is the Localism Act?
The Localism Act received Royal Assent on the 15th November 2011. It sets out new government legislation for devolving power from central and local government to communities in five key areas:
- Community Rights
- Neighbourhood planning
- Empowering cities and other local areas
- General power of competence
The Localism Act includes powers enabling communities to apply to develop Neighbourhood Planning strategies, the right for communities to challenge existing public service delivery models (‘the right to challenge’ — our paper on this topic is here), the right to bid to buy assets of community value (such as a local shop or pub), and a community right to build.
Download our guide to the Localism Act
We have produced a guide to the Localism Act examining how these new powers work and their implications for social enterprises and voluntary and community groups. We are grateful to Tony Clabby of The Digbeth Trust for producing this briefing.
Other briefings on Localism
The My Community Rights website is fast becoming the best source of advice and guidance on all aspects of these new Localism powers: My Community Rights.