Localism in 2015 – A framework for devolution

In 2015, the term ‘localism’ seems outdated; even in 2011 when the Localism Act was passed, little of the thinking attached to it was new. However, the roots of the current Devolution Bill – arguably the ‘new localism’ – can be traced back to the Coalition agenda, which comprised not only the Localism Bill, but also broad public service reform and … [Read more...]

Devolution and Localism in London – What next?

Barely a week from the General Election, and as we digest the flurry of policy announcements from all sides, it’s worth reflecting on the localism agenda, one of the big reforms in the first half of the current coalition’s term. In 2012, Future of London published Localism in London, based on a survey of local authority officers and other … [Read more...]

COCos: More than a flavour of the month

London’s housing need is well established. According to the Mayor’s Draft London Housing Strategy, the Capital needs at least 42,000 houses per year in order to satisfy demand, and is at the moment providing only around half that amount. While plans are underway to boost house-building through policy measures such as the Mayor’s recently announced … [Read more...]

Queen’s Park Community Council: Localism in action

Westminster embraces Localism in Queen’s Park, establishing London’s first parish council. In May 2014, residents of Queen’s Park in North Westminster secured their place in the history books by voting in inner London’s first ever parish council. At the inaugural meeting of Queen’s Park Community Council, on June 5th, the 12 new councillors were … [Read more...]

London set for more Mayoral Development Corporations?

To mark the second anniversary of the Localism Act, Future of London has been looking at how the reforms contained in the legislation have affected planning, regeneration and development in the Capital. Last week we examined how neighbourhood planning has fared since being introduced in 2011. This week, we look at the impact of Mayoral … [Read more...]

Localism, two years on

Two years ago today, the Localism Act received Royal Assent.  With it came a suite of reforms across the UK purported to empower both local authorities and the communities they serve, ranging from the New Homes Bonus to the General Power of Competence. In London, localism came with particular significance as Mayoral planning, regeneration and … [Read more...]

Doing More with Less: New FoL report on service delivery

On the eve of the June 2013 Spending Review, the Guardian Local Leaders Network published an interview with Michael More, outgoing chief executive at the City of Westminster. Among other comments on his tenure, More called for relief from central government’s austerity programme and the local-government cuts that come with it, warning of serious … [Read more...]

‘Money, Power and Control’ – How one Coalition legacy may be the eventual devolution of London

Future of London’s first 3-2-1 session was on London governance and finance three years after the general election. It focused on how the recommendations of the London Finance Commission might help offset cuts to local government funding while taking forward some of the localism agenda’s most promising elements. The June 13th event was chaired … [Read more...]

Business Improvement Districts on the rise

At the heart of the coalition government’s localism agenda is the devolution of power towards communities. Future of London’s recent event on localism, planning, and community empowerment explored how different types of communities have organised into local-scale institutions beyond traditional governance structures. This discussion included the … [Read more...]