The Localism Act comes into force in April 2012. This new piece of legislation is designed to award new power to local communities and give citizens greater opportunities to shape the area they live in.
The Localism Act contains a wide range of measures to devolve more powers to councils and neighbourhoods and give local communities greater control over local decisions like housing and planning.
The Act outlines new rights such as:
• The Community Right to Challenge - the right to bid to deliver a failing local service
• The Community Right to Bid - allows local groups to register an asset of community value (land, building) so if it is to be sold; those people have opportunities to have a dialogue
• The Community Right to Build - communities can take forward small building projects without permission
To view the Localism Act, visit: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2011/20/contents.