England & Wales

LGiU Localism Webinar: Localism and the Localism Act – where are we now?


The Localism Act, passed in 2011, runs to over 400 pages and touches on nearly every aspect of the work, responsibilities and roles of local government. The Act arguably put the flesh on the bones of the ‘Big Society’ by introducing a number of ‘Community Rights’ that would, in the words of Eric Pickles, Secretary of State at the CLG, put “local people in the driving seat” shaping how services would be delivered; neighborhoods planned and valued community assets retained.

This webinar will look at the extent to which the aims of the Localism Act have been achieved and how far the changes have affected the role of councillors and what this will mean going forward.


The webinar will be run by the LGiU's Learning and Development Manager Alan Waters. Alan has extensive experience in delivering training on the Localism Act for councils around the country. He is a councillor on Norwich City Council where he is Cabinet Member for Resources. He is a Member Peer with the Local Government Group and has been a trainer for the National Councillor Mentoring Programme.

Who should attend?

Councillors who are engaging with aspects of the Localism Act as part of their elected member roles.