England & Wales

Essential elements of the Localism Act: what are the implications for elected members? (Free Webinar)


The LGiU is trialing webinars as a way of delivering learning and development sessions without delegates having to travel to London. These will be short briefings of up to two hours and delegates can attend in person at our London office if they wish, or use the webinar option to take part from their own office or home.

The first of these webinars is on the Localism Act and is free of charge.  Simply book a place in the the usual way by clicking on the link above – places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The briefing

The Localism Act – as part of the Coalition Government’s broader localist agenda – will have a significant impact on the roles of elected members and in a period of political and economic uncertainty, how they relate to the communities they represent.

This session will give a clear overview of the key provisions of the Localism Act. It will also provide the opportunity to think about some of the skills and strategies that will be required to respond to the changes introduced by this legislation.

The programme falls broadly into two parts.

  • Setting the context: the implications of the Localism Act;  the wider ‘localist’ agenda and how this impacts on the roles and responsibilities of  elected members
  • Whose Community Rights? Community Right to Bid; Community Right to Challenge; Neighbourhood Planning

The practicalities

If you choose to take part via the webinar you will be emailed a link and instructions nearer the time, which will allow you to join the webinar. You will be able to hear the presenter and see the presentation. You will be able to type questions for the presenter but you will not be able to speak directly to him.


The session will be led and facilitated by Alan Waters, Learning and Development Manager at the LGiU. He has extensive local government experience as an elected member of Norwich City Council and is a Member Peer with the LGA. Alan delivers a wide range of training and development programmes for the LGiU. He has run many sessions on the Localism Act for individual councils and for regional events.

Who should attend?

Councillors and officers keen to get to grips with the Localism Act and understand its implications for the frontline councillor role and community engagement.