Our call for your ideas about localism and local councils

NALC and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Local Democracy have launched an inquiry into What next for localism? with a specific focus on the role of local (parish and town) councils.

The aim of the Inquiry is to offer analysis, insight and advice to the All Party Parliamentary Group on local democracy, to NALC and local councils themselves, as well as to the Government, on where localism needs to go next.

How do I contribute?

There are two ways to contribute to the Inquiry:

  • You can submit an idea or a story about what you think needs to change or to happen;
  • And/or you can rate or comment on the ideas and stories submitted.

We don’t want this to be a typical Inquiry where a panel simply listens to evidence, produces a report with recommendations, and hopes that someone reads it and something happens as a result. We’re committed to making something happen quickly, and have already begun working on a series of projects as well as seizing the opportunity to influence and set the agenda.

But we need more ideas.

We want to generate a debate and discussion, getting people thinking about the future of local councils – and asking what next for localism? Generating ideas about how the current policy, legislative and financial frameworks can be improved. And working out what support is needed to really unlock the capacity and potential of local councils – including everyone working in and around them – and what can be done to enhance their delivery capability and productivity.

More than anything we hope through the Inquiry to come up with radical new ideas to help hyperlocal democracy truly flourish into the future.