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Publications

We draw on the expertise of our members to produce practical guides and publications for community groups and local organisations.

Each year we produce the Locality membership survey – a key insight into the state of the voluntary and community sector.

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For a full list of all Locality publications, case studies, and briefings visit our resources section.

Key publications

People Power 
Read our report from the Commission on the Future of Localism.
Keep it Local report cover Powerful Communities, Strong Economies report
A framework that local authorities can use to commission for economic resilience and community organisations can use to evidence their local economic impact.
How to Keep it Local: Five step guide for councillors and commissioners
The handbook for pioneering councillors and commissioners across the country.
Places & Spaces – The Future of community asset ownership
Our paper calls for a £1bn fund to save the nation’s public assets.
Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap Neighbourhood plans roadmap guide
All you need to know about producing a neighbourhood plan.
Localism – the key components
Our overview of the main elements of the government’s localism agenda.
Local by Default Local by Default
Our groundbreaking report into public sector ‘diseconomies of scale’.
To have and to hold To have and to hold
Our guide to developing local land or buildings as an asset for the community.
Early Warning Guide front cover Early Warning Guide
Give your organisation a financial health-check.
Community assets an officers' guide Empowering communities: making the most of local assets – an officers’ guide
A guide to help council officers with community asset transfer and the Community Right to Bid.
Community assets a councillors guide Empowering communities: making the most of local assets – a councillors’ guide
A guide to help local councillors understand community asset transfer and the Community Right to Bid.
green asset guide Green asset guide
A guide to improving the environmental performance of built assets.
community organisations choosing a legal structure Choosing a legal structure toolkit
A guide to the legal requirements of setting up a community anchor organisation.
making buildings work for your community Making buildings work for your community
An introduction to the design process and practical advice on how to ensure that your building is the best possible facility for your community.