This paper explores the relationship between localism and notions of equality of access and outcomes for a range of groups and communities.

The specific focus throughout is on the needs and experiences of those disabled people, ethnic minorities, older and younger people who are economically and socially excluded and/or currently experience differential outcomes from key public services.

The central argument is that genuine localism will only be achieved if Whitehall believes that it can trust key parts of the public sector and local communities to deliver effective, accessible and equitable services for all.