England’s 10,000 local councils are perfectly placed to be the front line in rebuilding community cohesion in divided Britain, and addressing the issues of austerity and local public service delivery. As democratic, accountable and transparent grassroots bodies, local councils can bridge these gaps by engaging with people directly in the neighbourhoods in which they live, to rebuild community and make decisions about and invest in local economic, environmental and social prosperity. Ultra-localism is the only way to rebuild community and local services in an age of division and austerity. A prospectus for ultra-localism sets out how the government and parliament can work with NALC to support local councils and help communities to help themselves.

Read A prospectus for ultra-localism