Last edited 31 Oct 2018

Localism Act

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[edit] Introduction

The Localism Act sets out a series of measures intended to transfer power from central government to local authorities and local communities. It is intended ‘…to help people and their locally elected representatives to achieve their own ambitions.’

The Localism Act can be read in full (all 481 pages) on the Government's legislation site. A 22-page Plain English Guide to the Localism Act is also available.

Royal Assent for the Localism Act was announced on 15 November 2011. Different parts of the Act come into effect at different times, and further details are required for some aspects before they can be implemented (for example, the National Planning Policy Framework which was published in March 2012).

The act sets out new powers and duties in relation to:

[edit] Local authorities

[edit] Community rights

Community rights give communities greater powers to shape local developments and local services. They were introduced by the Localism Act and have developed to include:

See Community rights for more information.

[edit] Planning

NB: For additional information, see National Planning Policy Framework.

[edit] Housing

[edit] Criticisms

There are a number of concerns about the bill:

  • How will it be implemented?
  • What impact it will have in on the ground?
  • Will local authorities support its implementation?
  • Whether powers will be taken up by a small section of society, already used to wielding power.
  • Whether there is adequate guidance available to support community groups.
  • Whether there is adequate funding available to support community groups.
  • Where accountability for decision making will lie.
  • Whether the government will intervene if there are local difficulties.

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[edit] External references

  • The Localism Act.
  • Planning advisory service.
  • The Localism Act: An LGIU (Local Government Information Unit) Guide.
  • Localism in London, A report by the London Assembly planning committee published in November 2014.