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The Localism Act contains a wide range of measures to devolve more powers to councils and neighbourhoods and give local communities greater control over local decisions like housing and planning.

The Localism Act sets out a series of measures with the potential to achieve a substantial and lasting shift in power away from central government and towards local people. They include:

  • 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, and
  • reform to ensure that decisions about housing are taken locally.

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