Localism has not yet happened

Alexandra Jones contributes to a Guardian Local Leaders Quarterly discussion on the limits of localism

Press release published on 6 March 2014

Despite recent progress we haven’t seen localism yet. We have seen some steps towards it with local enterprise partnerships and community budgets, business rate retention and city deals.┬áThese things have all made a difference, but we continue to be one of the most centralised countries in the world: 17% of local money is raised locally in the UK, 55% is the average across the OECD. Funding and decisions still get made by the centre; on average 60% of local authorities money comes from cental government, more if you are in a deprived area.

Read the rest of the article in the Guardian. Picture gallery of the event here.