Localism, planning & community empowerment

Almost one year to the day that the Localism Act was given Royal Assent, Future of London held a breakfast seminar looking at its impact on 14 November 2012, in partnership with Portland. The devolution of power, particularly to the hands of communities, is central to the aims of localism and of the coalition government. This seminar brought … [Read more...]

Free Breakfast Seminar: Localism, Planning & Community Empowerment

We will be running a free breakfast seminar looking at the impact of the Localism Act one year on, with a particular focus on planning and community-led regeneration. The seminar will take place on Wednesday 14th November from 08.30-10.30. The Localism Act was passed in November 2011, seeking to devolve power down from central government, … [Read more...]

London councillors feel the strain

Market research agency Comres have found local councillors to be feeling disempowered, lacking faith in the efficacy of planning reform, and under ever growing financial strain. 411 councillors were interviewed between 5th July and 23rd July 2012 online, including 48 from London Boroughs. The results were weighted to give a representative picture … [Read more...]

Will planning reform deliver local growth and empower communities?

The article was originally published for The Guardian's Local Government Network Last month's National Planning Policy Framework was trailed by the government as "unapologetically pro-growth" and a key part of the government's economic recovery strategy. The question Future of London sought to uncover in its report, Localism in London, was … [Read more...]

Localism in London and Service Delivery

Future of London held the third and final seminar in the Localism in London programme, looking at service delivery. With the Open Public Services White Paper setting out the government’s vision for community-led public services reform, the seminar considered the changing role of the Borough, and particular challenges this presents in … [Read more...]

Localism in London: Report Launch

This morning we launched our report  at Portland, who supported its publication. The report is a main output of our Localism in London programme that has been investigating the potential implications of the localism agenda for the Capital through interviews, research seminars and a survey of local government officers across London. Anna … [Read more...]

The Local Finance Bill Digested

A key plank of the Government’s Localism Agenda upon assuming office was the implementation of major financial devolution to local authorities across the country. Faced with a stagnating economy, the need to incentivise local areas to promote growth has become all the more urgent. It is within this context that the Government launched its Local … [Read more...]

Localism in London and Economic Development

On Wednesday 18 January, from 13.00-16.30, we’re holding the second of three seminars on the government’s Localism agenda in London. Recent announcements have made clear that the economic outlook for the UK remains extremely challenging. London is at the heart of the UK economy, and yet by mid-2011 the number of unemployed people in London was … [Read more...]

London and the Localism Act

The following article, by Future of London associate Anna Turley, was first published in LGC. Now that the Localism Act is enshrined in law, it’s important to step back and look at the final product of almost 18 months of debate, discussion, concession and amendment, to see what the real impact will be for the neighbourhoods, towns and cities … [Read more...]

Localism and planning – workshop outcomes

As part of our workshop focusing on the impact of the Government’s localism agenda on London planning, we facilitated a session in which two groups of ten participants examined the potential impact of a series of specific reforms for London. Participants were drawn from a mix of local and London-wide government, the private sector, and think tanks, … [Read more...]