People Power: Findings from the Commission on the Future of Localism

This report is published by the independent Commission on the Future of Localism, chaired by Lord Bob Kerslake, and set up by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England in partnership with Locality,  the national charity supporting community organisations.

The ambition behind the Localism Act is in danger of waning, and the fundamental shift in power from Westminster to communities has not yet been achieved.  We have gathered evidence and ideas from policy-makers, local leaders, organisations and communities across the country through evidence events, focus groups, calls for written evidence and survey responses. We find that we need radical action to strengthen our local institutions; devolve tangible power resources and control to communities; ensure equality in community participation; and deliver change in local government behaviour and practice to enable local initiatives to thrive.