This is a live, collaborative learning resource. Whether you are just starting on the journey or already involved, we hope you will find it useful and also contribute to its development.
3 November 2014
Read LGA Chair David Sparks on Chancellor George Osborne statement that greater powers will be devolved to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
31 October 2014
Read LGA Chair Cllr David Sparks' response to Labour Leader Ed Miliband on devolution.
19 September 2014
Councils in England have outlined urgent calls for a Constitutional Convention to thrash out devolution to English communities.
19 September 2014
Cllr David Sparks, Chair of the LGA, responds to the 'no' vote in the Scottish independence referendum.
9 September 2014
LGA Chair Councillor David Sparks responds to new powers pledged to Scotland.
The LGA's localism programme is helping councils reform public services and lobbying for greater decentralisation and devolution to local government. The golden rules include:
- Councils being at the centre of Public Service reform, thus delivering more effective services for local people
- Government policy continues in a localist direction and a thriving voluntary and community sector is encouraged
- Councils are supported to develop new models of local public service delivery and commissioning, including community budgets.
In this section
The Localism Act was introduced in November 2011. The aim of the act was to devolve more decision making powers from central government back into the hands of individuals, communities and councils. The act covers a wide range of issues related to local public services; this section outlines key information on the act for local government.
Local government has a democratic mandate to lead all of our communities, identify a diverse array of needs and providers and prioritise spending has never been more crucial – or more challenging. Find out how the Keep it REAL programme can help you in these decisions.
The Open Public Services White Paper was launched by the Government in July 2011. Read our ‘On-the-day briefing' which summarises the White Paper themes and delivers our key messages on behalf of the sector.
The Localism Knowledge Hub Group is a forum for councils to discuss the localism agenda (you may need to register). Here you can learn more about the provisions of the Localism Bill, explore how to implement this new piece of legislation to benefit your local communities and share examples of localism in practice.