This guide describes the main measures of the Localism Bill under four headings:
- new freedoms and flexibilities for local government
- new rights and powers for communities and individuals
- reform to make the planning system more democratic and more effective
- reform to ensure that decisions about housing are taken locally
This document is designed to give an overview only. It replaces the version published in January 2011. You can read the Bill and its explanatory notes in full, and follow its progress through parliament, on the parliament website (external link).
The document Decentralisation and the Localism Bill: an essential guide also gives further background. It explains how the principles that underpin the Localism Bill also inform other government policies.