Social enterprise and the Localism Act

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
    • Housing
    • 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.

The Localism Act 2011: A guide for social enterprises and third sector organisations.


Other briefings on Localism

The Localism Act in full.

A Plain English Guide to the Localism Act.

NAVCA has more information about Localism here and a number of excellent briefings here.

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.