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The current Conservative led government came to power on a promise of devolving power to the “Big Society”. The Localism Act was a key step in the right direction, and recent moves to devolve power to city regions shows an inevitable direction of travel pushing power down to localities.
The question is not whether this should be the change (it has been part of the Conservative tradition at least since Edmund Burke) 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 from NLGN and Renewal contains a range of voices offering concrete suggestions as to how the Conservative manifesto for the 2015 general election can deliver a new offer for the next stage of Conservative localism.