Government guide to the Localism Act

An updated ‘Plain English Guide to the Localism Act’ was published by the Department for Communities and Local Government in November 2011.

The document describes the main measures of the Localism Act under four headings:

  • new freedoms and flexibilities for local government
  • new rights and powers for communities and individuals
  • reform to make the planning system more democratic and more effective
  • reform to ensure that decisions about housing are taken locally

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