One year into the Localism Act, there are numerous examples of devolution to community level in London. This can take many forms, from the work of Neighbourhood Forums, the establishment of the first parish level council in Queen’s Park, and the growing interest in high street renewal through empty shops initiatives and establishment of Business Improvement Districts.
In an era of double dip recession, enormous public sector cuts and stagnating growth, all of these activities have the potential to reduce Boroughs’ burden to deliver the full scope of its services. However questions remain over the capacity of London’s communities to take advantage of many of the enabling powers that were passed to them. In March 2012, when Future of London surveyed Borough planning and regeneration officers about the potential impact of Localism policies related to planning, the community powers were deemed likely to have the least impact on planning and regeneration in the Capital.
On the other hand, some examples of local community influence long precede the Localism Act. But with the agenda more in the public eye than ever before, are more of London’s communities seizing the opportunities presented to them? And what is the real potential for these community groups to shape their local areas?
Future of London will continue to carry out work on these themes, and we will be organising events and publishing papers throughout the year.
Future of London is not currently planning any events under this theme – please check back for updates.
|Doing More With Less: How London boroughs are using new powers to navigate budget straits and deliver local services
Jo Wilson with Lisa Taylor, Future of London
This report puts service delivery reform into context, and outlines some of the measures being implemented across the Capital to manage greater demand with fewer resources.
|Localism in London: The implications for planning and regeneration in the Capital
Anna Turley and Jo Wilson, Future of London,
This report sets out the implications of the localism agenda for planning and regeneration practitioners. It features the results of a London-wide survey on the impact new financing and delivery tools will have for London Boroughs.
|The Localism Bill in London
Joanna Wilson, Future of London,
This new policy briefing provides detail on the reforms contained in the Localism Bill, including new powers and revenue streams, and measures designed to encourage active neighbourhood involvement in development.
- London set for more Mayoral Development Corporations? November 22, 2013To mark the second anniversary of the Localism Act, Future of London has been looking at how the reforms contained in the legislation have affected planning, regeneration and development in the Capital. This week, we look at the impact of Mayoral Development Corporations, another reform contained in the Localism Act.
- Localism, two years on November 15, 2013Two years ago today, the Localism Act received Royal Assent. With it came a suite of reforms across the UK purported to empower both local authorities and the communities they serve, ranging from the New Homes Bonus to the General Power of Competence. In London, localism came with particular significance as Mayoral planning, regeneration and ...
- Working with BIDs November 13, 2013In our latest Breakfast Bites seminar, an experienced panel discussed the secrets of success for BIDs, what role local authorities can play, alternative vehicles for businesses to contribute to local areas, and how BIDs might develop in the future.
- Doing More with Less: New FoL report on service delivery August 7, 2013Find out how authorities are innovating to deliver local services in tune with the Localism agenda – and in spite of budget cuts and obstacles – in this new report.
- Business Improvement Districts on the rise December 7, 2012With 30 Business Improvement Districts in London and more underway, local authorities should be exploring BIDs.