Localism and Equality

We are working closely with leading VCS equalities organisations in the North West to identify the issues, concerns and implications, for equalities work, groups and communities, of The Localism Bill and the Government's localism agenda

A summary of very early findings from a NWIP-commissioned piece of research into Equality, Big Society and Localism (which draws out some of the implications of the localism agenda) recently made headline news in New Start magazine: 


A great deal of work to explore the equality implications of Localism, in the North West, has been driven by 1NW. 1NW have been working closely with BME VCS groups in the region and have published case studies and a number of significant statements about the impact of localism on equality which include a  to the CLG select committee inquiry into Localism and a short pamphlet called: Big Society and Localism: Open to All?

The following is a short summary of 1NW's policy position about localism:

Big Society and Localism should be rooted in equality, human rights and equal participation, which is inclusive of all communities. For localism to be inclusive, we must…

  • Listen, Value and Invest in the Equalities VCS
  • Consider the impacts of decisions and policy on the most vulnerable
  • Ensure minimum standards of access and outcome
  • Ensure Equitable Commissioning
  • Recognise the Importance of Grants


VSNW is also working with NWIP members (in particular: 1NW, Disability Infrastructure Partnership / Merseyside Disability Federation, and the Lesbian and Gay Foundation) together with the Directory for Social Change to examine the evidence of the impact of localism and Big Society and begin to develop proposals for an appropriate social justice framework. 


The Government has published Impact Assessments on the Localism Bill which are available here:

Featured News

25 November 2015

North West Compact Award Winners

There were two North West winners at the recent Compact Awards, which were announced during Compact Week (2nd to 6th November)

23 November 2015

Compact Working Survey Summary

Earlier this year, we ran a survey to gather views on cross-sector partnership working in the North West in association with Compact Voice. A summary of the results is now available

10 November 2015

CQC asks for views on future of quality regulation

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a discussion paper that sets out some of the choices it faces in responding to changes to how health and social care is delivered, so that regulation continues to help people receive safe, high quality and compassionate care

10 November 2015

CQC Inspection - Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

The CQC inspection of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust will take place in December 2015 and a listening event will be held in Leigh on 2nd December

31 October 2015

VSNW Conference - VCSE Review

We would encourage everyone to contribute to the VCSE Review before the deadline of 6th November. The chair of the review, Alex Fox, spoke about this at our recent conference and AGM and a video of this speech is now available

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