Locality, in association with Power to Change, is pleased to be launching a new Commission on the Future of Localism.
Who are Locality:? Locality is the national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations, working together to help neighbourhoods thrive. See here for further information.
The Localism Act 2011 made great strides in advancing the community empowerment agenda,introducing a set of Community Rights which have supported communities to preserve and run local services and assets, and help shape what their local area looks like through neighbourhood planning. However, there remain challenges for the Community Rights and in particular the capacity of communities from across England including areas of greater deprivation for making use of these powers.
The current Devolution Deals represent an important opportunity for building on the localism agenda: they have the potential to revive local economies and give people the power totransform their public services and improve where they live. However, the commitment we need to ‘onward devolution’ is currently lacking and there is a growing disconnect between top down priorities for devolution and neighbourhood level decision making. With the EU referendum bringing new debate about the balance of power in this country, the appetite and need in communities to have real control over the decisions that affect them has arguably never been greater.
This Commission will investigate the ‘Future of Localism’ and consider how to ensure greater powers are held at a neighbourhood level and communities are fully supported to have a greater stake in their local area.
The Commissioners are:
- Lord Kerslake (Chair)
- Professor Jane Wills, Professor of Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London
- Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan
- Laura Sandys, former MP for South Thanet
- Joanna Holmes, Chief Executive of Barton Hill Settlement
- Neil Johnston, Chief Executive of Paddington Development Trust
- Alison Haskins, Chief Executive of Halifax Opportunities Trust
- Councillor Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council.
People 4 Ludlow is preparing a document for the Commission. The closing date is 12th June, so if you have any contribution you would like to make, please email us here.