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The Localism Act is the drive to bring about more 'bottom up' as opposed to 'top down' local decision making.

Introduction to the Localism Act

Localism is the cornerstone of the coalition Government's plans to hand power back to local communities. The Government believes that local people, businesses and councils are at the heart of communities and they are determined to put the wider community back in control with the choices and chances to shape the future of their local area.

The Localism Act (opens in a new window) is the drive to bring about more 'bottom up' as opposed to 'top down' local decision making. The main measures of the Localism Act can be divided into four key headings:

The Government has also published a Plain English Guide to the Localism Act (opens in a new window) which provides an overview of the main measures included in the Act and more information is also available at the  My Community Rights website (opens in a new window).

So when can we use the rights in the Act?

Different parts of the Act are coming into effect at different times. You can check for the latest information at Communities and Local Government Department (opens in a new window) web-site.

Localism in Action - The South West Guide (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window) also provides a number of useful case studies, tools and tips from the South West of England.

The Localism Act has a number of implications for how Dorset councils deliver services and work with our communities and town and parish councils. The sections below contain information on the Localism Act relevant to each council and outline the procedures to follow for using the rights in the Act.

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