The Localism Act, which was adopted into UK law in November 2011, shifts power from central government to local people. It gives new freedoms to local government, new rights and powers to communities and individuals, and reforms the planning system.
The aim of the Act is to provide local people and community groups with an opportunity to have a greater say in their future by giving them new decision making powers. The Act will enable individuals and groups to provide input on all public services. For example, as a result of the Act, residents will be given the right to control state run services, such as schools and libraries, as well as buy community assets.
These pages intend to provide groups such as Parish and Town Councils, as well as individuals, with information about the Act and how it will affect them.