Localism in 2015 – A framework for devolution

In 2015, the term ‘localism’ seems outdated; even in 2011 when the Localism Act was passed, little of the thinking attached to it was new. However, the roots of the current Devolution Bill – arguably the ‘new localism’ – can be traced back to the Coalition agenda, which comprised not only the Localism Bill, but also broad public service reform and … [Read more...]

Localism and Community Engagement

Reforms in the Localism Bill aimed at furthering community engagement have been much debated over the last nine months both in and outside the parliamentary Houses. This isn’t surprising; most would support the principle of giving communities a more effective voice in local decision-making - but how can this best be delivered? A potentially … [Read more...]