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Localism Act 2011

The Localism Act 2011 seeks to give effect to the Government's ambitions to decentralise power away from Whitehall and back into the hands of local councils, communities and individuals to act on local priorities.

The Localism Act 2011 is an Act passed into law on 15th November 2011 making provision about:

  • the functions and procedures of local and certain other authorities;
  • the functions of the Commission for Local Administration in England;
  • the recovery of financial sanctions imposed by the Court of Justice of the European Union on the United Kingdom from local and public authorities;
  • local government finance;
  • town and country planning, the Community Infrastructure Levy and the authorisation of nationally significant infrastructure projects; and
  • social and other housing; to make provision about regeneration in London; and for connected purposes.

More information and the full Act document can be found on the web page:


  • Sections 38 - 43 of the Localism Act 2011 require that the authority produce a Statement of Pay Policy that covers a number of matters concerning the pay of the authority's staff, principally Chief Officers. Can be found here