Localism Resources for VCS Groups

VSNW believes that local voluntary and community sector groups should be supported to take a lead in defining Localism. We have therefore written to MPs in the North West asking them to talk to local groups.

We would like local groups to talk to MPs and outline a vision of localism that belongs to them.

Getting the Localism Bill Right (May 2011), VSNW’s guide to the Localism Bill, highlights six key areas of the Bill and proposes six principles that could be used to shape and define “Localism”:


Getting the Localism Bill Right (.pdf)

Principle 1: "That Localism is open and inclusive for all local people"

Principle 2: "Communities should have a say in making decisions that affect them"

Principle 3: "Local services should be shaped by and accountable to local communities"

Principle 4: "That Localism promotes a caring and broad sense of community"

Principle 5: "That the assets of the state are owned on behalf of our communities"

Principle 6: "That Localism builds local strength without becoming solely inward-looking"

The impact on equalities is at the forefront of our thinking on localism and we hope Principle 1 begins to demonstrate this. Who will get the 'decentralised power'?
We have published further guidance on the Localism Bill, and its implications for voluntary and community sector groups, The Localism Bill, decentralisation and local voluntary action (Briefing #50, 17 December 2010).
The following presentation may also be of use (also available in .pdf format here):


Key links

  • Relevant VSNW Briefings (available on our Briefings web-page):
    • #54: Big Society, Localism and the Environment
    • #51: GP Consortia and the Health Transition Period
    • #50: The Localism Bill, decentralisation and local voluntary action
    • #44: Public Services (Social Value & Social Enterprise) Bill
    • #42: New model regeneration and Local Enterprise Partnerships
    • #41: New Geographies
    • #36: Big Society: Step by step

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