As a political slogan, 'localism' would appear to carry weight, but as a policy construct it becomes much harder to articulate and implement. Unless measures within the Bill address each of these foundations in a meaningful and effective manner, any serious attempt to decentralise England is likely to be seriously flawed.
Those five foundations are:
- localism must be effective and efficient
- localism must be properly funded
- localism must sit at the heart of a drive for social justice
- greater devolution of power and responsibility to the local level must be accompanied by a step-change in the transparency and accountability of local decision-making
- the new drive for localism should be framed within a constitutional settlement between central and local government.
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