Localism is the term used by central government to describe the shift of power away from the state to individuals, communities and local organisations.
The following pages provide information about Localism and how you can get more involved where you live.
The government believes that by making sure people are better informed and more involved in the decisions that affect their area, the better placed they will be to tackle issues themselves and rely less on others.
You may want to get support for your community project, take up local involvement opportunities, understand more about the implications of the government’s Localism Act for your community, or find useful contacts for other organisations that can help.
At Norfolk County Council, we understand the importance of communities being able to tackle issues locally and will support Localism through working with communities to help them get on with things themselves.
The following resources are useful for encouraging and supporting localism in your area.
We recognise that local people want to better understand the work and decisions affecting their area and be more involved in what happens.
We are helping to build and maintain strong, sustainable and caring communities by working with partners and supporting community ownership of local priorities, particularly those best tackled through local community action.
Localism is being used as a practical tool for achieving our main aims for Norfolk and we are applying it in specific services where we are faced with making budget reductions or other changes.
We believe that for Localism to be successful, three foundation blocks must be in place: