Localis

Localis is an independent think-tank dedicated to issues related to politics, public service reform and localism. We carry out innovative research, hold events and facilitate an ever growing network of members to stimulate and challenge the current orthodoxy of the governance of the UK.

Established in 2001, our work promotes neo-localist ideas and concepts through research, events and commentary, covering a range of local and national domestic policy issues.

As a working concept, neo-localism is about giving places and people more control over the effects of globalisation. It is concerned by economic prosperity, but also enhancing other aspects of people’s lives such as family and culture. It is not anti-globalisation, but wants to bend the mainstream of social and economic policy so that place is put at the centre of political thinking.

In particular our work is focused on four areas:

  • Decentralising political economy. Developing and differentiating regional economies and an accompanying devolution of democratic leadership.
  • Empowering local leadership. Elevating the role and responsibilities of local leaders in shaping and directing their place.
  • Extending local civil capacity. The mission of the strategic authority as a convener of civil society; from private to charity sector, household to community.
  • Reforming public services. Ideas to help save the public services and institutions upon which many in society depend.
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Recent Reports

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This latest report from UK think tank Localis looks at fiscal decentralisation to properly fund local services and infrastructure. From…

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This latest report from UK think tank Localis is a collection of essay looking at housing's social and economic role…

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By Grace Newcombe

This latest report from UK think tank Localis looks at how communities have adapted their social infrastructure in a changing…

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By Joe Fyans; Callin McLinden; Bethanie Roughley

This latest report from UK think tank Localis looks at the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. The Public Services…

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By Joe Fyans; Grace Newcombe; Roz Bulleid; Caterina Brandmayr

This latest report from UK think tank Localis looks at using local industrial strategies to drive change. Local areas have…

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By Zayn Qureshi

This latest report from UK think tank Localis looks at long-term sustainability through place based health. Although its principles are…

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By Joe Fyans; Bethanie Roughley; Zayn Qureshi

This latest report from UK think tank Localis discusses a roadmap to a decentralised UK. In recent years, a sense…

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“Is there a place for community in planning for the future?”

This event, hosted by UK think tank Localis will discuss if there is a genuine role for community-led development under…

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How will the CSR ‘New Radicals’ mix up an innovative housing recovery?

This event, posted by UK think tank Localis will discuss how changes to government funding and investment choices might benefit…

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