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 December 2013
Resident-focused projects to link councils more closely to the communities they are trying to reach have benefitted the taxpayer to the tune of more than £330 million.
26 November 2013
New governance arrangements have been agreed by the Local Government Association's Executive.
25 November 2013
Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the Government's announcement today on the progress made by councils working with troubled families.
1 November 2013
Read LGA Chairman, Sir Merrick Cockell's response to the Welsh devolution announcement.
9 July 2013
LGA Chairman Sir Merrick Cockell responds to Communities Minister Don Foster's announcement of £4.3 million financial support for neighbourhood budgets as part of the Our Place programme.
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.