We lobbied for the Localism Act 2011 and the Community Rights, and helped communities to take up the new opportunities.


of people feel they have little or no control over decisions that affect their country.

While there were many success stories, there are still too many barriers for communities, particularly in some of the most deprived parts of the country.

What’s the future of localism?

We set up the Commission on the Future of Localism in 2017, in association with Power to Change, to reinvigorate the localism agenda and help communities take advantage of their rights.

The Commission was chaired by Lord Kerslake, former Head of the Civil Service and President of the Local Government Association. We gathered feedback from community organisations, parliamentarians, local government and policy experts.

What we’re calling for

Our Commission heard how too often communities are unable to affect the change they know their neighbourhood needs because ‘real power resides elsewhere’.

Our research found that:

  • 80 per cent of people feel they have little or no control over decisions that affect their country
  • 71 per cent feel they have little or no control over local decisions.

We created the People Power report that detailed our findings, and what we think would help communities going forward.

The People Power report calls for radical action to:

  • Strengthen our local institutions
  • Devolve tangible power resources and control to communities
  • Ensure equality in community participation
  • Deliver change in local government behaviour and practice to enable local initiatives to thrive.

We need a localism agenda which makes the case that power starts with people.

Read the People Power report

Find out in more detail the findings of the Localism Commission.

Download the People Power Summary Report (.PDF)