Giving you power in your community

The Government introduced the Localism Act in 2011 to give you more control over your public services, and to make local decision-makers more responsible. 

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has produced A Guide to the Localism Act (2011).

Community rights

The Localism Act (2011) introduced a set of new community rights:   

▪       The Community Right to Challenge, which gives you more influence over how we run our services

▪       The Community Right to Bid, which gives you a better chance of controlling valuable local spaces

▪       The Community Right to Build, which gives parish and town councils and neighbourhood forums more influence over what is built in their area

The Government has a document that can give you a better idea of these rights. 


The Act gives you more information about how we spend money. The Government has a code for how we should share this information.

We have to annually publish a document about our payments. This is called the Pay Policy Statement. It includes our highest and lowest paid employees’ salaries.

Code of Conduct for councillors

We have a code of conduct that our councillors must follow.  If you feel they have behaved in breach of this policy you can complain to the Monitoring Officer. 

It’s against the law for councillors to withhold or lie about their financial interests.  We have a list for where councillors should record their financial interests. This is called the pecuniary interest register (available online soon).    


We have more control in managing our housing supply. If you are a social tenant, we can make better choices for social tenants and your community. 

We have a Tenancy Strategy document, which explains the standards that tenancy providers must meet.