A People Power reveals a damning assessment of successive governments attempts to decentralise power and give people meaningful control.

The report is published by the independent Commission on the Future of Localism, chaired by Lord Bob Kerslake, and set up by Locality, the national charity supporting community organisations, in partnership with Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England.

The Commission finds the fundamental shift in power away from Westminster – as promised in the 2011 Localism Act – has not been achieved.

Britain remains over centralised with the balance of power stacked against local communities. The report calls for renewed action to see localism flourish and for local communities to have more control over decisions that impact on their quality of life.