The Localism Act 2011 is an important piece of legislation introduced by the Government. It is a radical shift of power from central government to local communities. The aim is to give power back to people and communities and create the conditions for the ‘Big Society’. Briefings produced by ACRE (Action with Communities Countrywide)  give an overview of the Act and highlight some of the issues. To read more click here .

Community Rights are some of the new tools available to communities to enable them to do things for themselves. More information on the Community Rights and how they can be used is available here. More information and a support package to help you use the rights is available here.

Not sure whether and how the rights relate to your community and its particular circumstances and needs? A community led plan helps the community to establish what is important to it, any challenges and needs. This can help to identify what rights, if any, might be useful. Find out more about Community Led Planning by clicking here or contact Tim Hayward-Smith 01707 695517 or


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