The Localism Act became law in November 2011. It contained a series of new measures aimed at shifting power away from central government back into the hands of individuals, communities and councils. The Localism Act aimed to:
- provide new freedoms and flexibilities for councils
- give new rights and powers to local communities and individuals
- reform the planning system to make it more democratic and effective
- ensure that decisions about housing are taken locally.
Our Localism and Community Funding Advisory Panel provides our Executive Board with advice and policy development support on support on localism and community funding issues. The Panel's responsibilities include:
- Advising the Executive Board and Council on implementation of the Localism Act 2011 and other localism related matters, including emerging government policy.
- Advising and leading on awareness raising and training for district and parish councillors on matters related to localism.
- Overseeing our ‘Meet Your Council' ward visits programme.
- Considering community grant applications and making recommendations to the Board.
- Considering requests to allocate Section106 contributions and making recommendations to the Board.
- Updating the New Homes Bonus Protocol as required by the Board.
- Considering New Homes Bonus applications from town and parish councils and making recommendations to the Board in accordance with the protocol.
- Advising and make recommendations on any approaches in relation to the Community Right to Challenge and Bid as necessary, including nominations for assets of community value.
- Developing stronger working relationships across all three local government tiers.
- Developing and leading on the ‘Partners Together' events.
- From time to time, organising Panel sponsored events.
Meetings of the Panel are open to the public. You can view meeting dates, agendas and minutes here.
Each of these elements is summarised in a Plain English guide to the Act, produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
For more information contact:
Call: 01386 565508