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Locality, in association with Power to Change, have established a new Commission to gather evidence on the ‘Future of Localism’.

The Localism Act and Community Rights have made great strides in advancing the community empowerment agenda. However barriers remain for communities seeking a greater stake in their local area. New Devolution Deals are a chance for new models of neighbourhood level governance – but so far opportunities to build community capacity and engage civil society are being missed.

This is why Locality, in association with Power to Change, have set up the Commission on the Future of Localism.

Chaired by Lord Kerslake – former Head of the Civil Service and President of the Local Government Association – the Commission brings together community organisations, parliamentarians, local government leaders, and policy experts.

The Commission is reviewing the current opportunities of the Localism agenda and asking if we are to imagine a new wave of powers, rights and levers for local communities, what might these look like?


The Commissioners

  • Lord Kerslake, Chair
  • Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan
  • Laura Sandys, former MP for South Thanet
  • Alison Haskins, CEO of Halifax Opportunities Trust
  • Joanna Holmes, CEO of Barton Hill Settlement
  • Neil Johnson, CEO of Paddington Development Trust
  • Professor Jane Wills, Professor of Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London, and author of Locating Localism
  • Councillor Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council


Get involved

We are inviting evidence from organisations and individuals with an interest and expertise in Localism, neighbourhoods and communities.

We are collecting evidence across three themes:

  • The Localism Act and Community Rights: What have been the successes, barriers and challenges?
  • Devolution: How can we achieve ‘onward devolution’ and power to neighbourhoods?
  • Civil society and community infrastructure: what are the institutions, organisations and governance needed for the Future of Localism.

You can respond to our written consultation which includes questions on all three themes. You can read our consultation statement here.

Complete our survey

Please send written responses to It would be very helpful if you would also indicate whether you would be willing to provide further evidence to the Commission, for example through our oral evidence sessions. The deadline for evidence is 12 June 2017. Earlier submissions are also welcome.

The Commission will be hearing evidence at events across the country throughout the year, and we will be keeping you updated on findings and ways to be involved.

To stay in touch on the developments of the Commission and to find out more please contact

Power to Change