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Local authorities

With many areas facing budget cuts, we can help local authorities transform public services and build stronger communities by investing in local people and working with community organisations.

At Locality we've worked with over 80 local authorities, helping them transform or evaluate services, support local charities and community organisations, and engage with their communities. At a time when many local authorities are considering selling assets, we can advise on transferring buildings or land into community ownership so it can continue to benefit local people.

We provide paid specialist advice, peer learning and support so that local authorities can help their communities thrive.

How can we help?

As the membership network for community organisations, we’re experts in local service transformation, community assets, funding programmes, community engagement and evaluation.

In particular we can help local authorities facing budget cuts with transferring assets to community ownership and saving money by collaborating with and investing in community organisations.

We can help you through our:

  • Expert consultancy – advice and support designed for your needs
  • Tailored membership – including events, resources and connection to our members
  • Keep it Local network – share knowledge and show your commitment to your local economy and community
  • Events - gain insight and explore issues that matter to you and your communities

Locality really understood the needs of our communities, designing and implementing an approach which added real value. They ensured we understood the views of many different interest groups, whilst making sure we also had good numbers of people engaging through an innovative digital approach.

Scott Butterfield, Blackpool Council

Where I think Locality added real value was helping us gain the trust and support of the local community… Stourport would not be where it is today without the help of Locality.

Ian Fisher, Worcestershire County Council

Working with Locality has truly been invaluable for us over the past few years in securing funding and gathering richer intelligence from our communities.

Mitchell Salter, Doncaster Council

Expert consultancy

Local service transformation
Local service transformation

Local authorities are dealing with unprecedented demand coupled with reductions in funding. We will help you explore more effective and efficient ways of delivering your services in partnership with community organisations, drawing on local capacity, trust and knowledge.

Community Asset Transfer
Community Asset Transfer

As the leading national authority on Community Asset Transfer, we can help you to ensure buildings become revitalised and transformed into spaces where everyone belongs, and new essential services are created that enable communities to thrive.

Grants and investment
Grants and investment

We can work with you to to design and deliver local funding and investment programmes. From funding schemes that foster local start-ups to those that focus on supporting marginalised groups or specific challenges such as health inequalities, skill gaps, or vulnerable families.


We can help you evaluate projects and programmes, showing the impact that community initiatives can make, across health and wellbeing, youth services, business support programmes, and family support schemes.

Community engagement
Community engagement

We can support you to deliver effective community engagement exercises, using a range of tools, which will achieve both practical and cultural change. We can also train community organisations to develop these skills.

VCSE infrastructure reviews
VCSE infrastructure reviews

Using our our extensive knowledge of the community sector, we can review and recommend changes to VCSE capacity, funding and support in your area.

Health and wellbeing
Health and wellbeing

As thought leaders on the role of the voluntary and community sector (VCSE) in improving health outcomes and tackling health inequalities in local areas, we can work with you and your local health system partners to develop neighbourhood and place-based approaches to health and care services, embracing the full value of the VCSE in helping people live healthy lives.

Community Led Homes
Community Led Homes

We can help you to deliver new and affordable homes, and bring empty homes back into use, to meet local needs.

Tailored membership: 5 reasons you should join Locality

Up-to-date data and analysis of specific communities
Reduced-rate events tickets for your organisation
Reduced rate events tickets and bulk membership rates for the community organisations you support
Peer learning and support

Connect with and learn from other local authorities

Specialist network for Keep it Local councils

Share knowledge and show your commitment to your local economy and community

Keep it Local network

Become part of a growing movement of councils across England reshaping local services, committed to turning the tide on large-scale outsourcing.

The Keep it Local network provides insight, support, and events to help councils make their local aspirations a reality.

Keep it Local councils embrace six principles for working with local community organisations to deliver services that:

  • Respond to needs and transform lives
  • Reduce long-term pressure on the public sector
  • Invest precious public resources in the local economy.

How we have helped local authorities

You’re in good company

We’ve worked with a range of different local authorities and many have joined our Keep it Local network.