One of the key critiques of the last Labour government was that, in their haste to improve public services, they too often centralised power in ways that squeezed out local initiative from public servants and, crucially, local people themselves. Now in opposition, the Labour movement increasingly recognises the need to devolve power out of Westminster and Whitehall.
The question is no longer whether this should be the change but how this change is enacted. What are the policies that will demonstrate and bring about this cultural change? How far should localism go and what is the appropriate role of each tier of government?
This collection contains a range of Labour voices offering concrete suggestions as to how the Labour manifesto for the 2015 general election can deliver a new offer for Labour localism. It will be followed in the coming months by an equivalent collection for the Conservative tradition.