An essential guide to the Localism Bill and NAVCA's Real Power for Communities Campaign
Letter from Kevin Curley, Chief Executive NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action):
I am writing to ask for your help in promoting NAVCA's Real Power for Communities Campaign. We want to make sure that the forthcoming Localism Bill gives community groups and local charities real powers. As the Bill goes through the parliamentary process over the next few months other interests will want to weaken the powers given to community groups. These must be resisted. In order to resist them we need to mobilise local opinion and local action. We will need a lot of support from local groups in order to lobby effectively members of both Houses.
The first step is to get the leaders of local community groups and local charities to sign up to our campaign website. Please encourage them to do this. The address is www.RP4C.org.uk.
The campaign is already supported by the Development Trusts Association, bassac, ACRE, Community Matters and Urban Forum.
This guide makes the case for a radical shift of power from the centralised state to local communities. It describes the six essential actions required to deliver decentralisation down through every level of government to every citizen. In particular, it focuses on the Localism Bill, which will provide the legislative foundation for change.