There is a real opportunity for a major step forward to a more decentralised and locally accountable state but this will requires not only Government action but more critically bold local political leadership. Mayors must exert their political authority on behalf of their communities and not wait for Ministers to hand them power!
Seven months is a long time in legislation. It was only last December that the Localism Bill was published amid a fanfare of radical decentralisation, communities "in control" and a "power shift" to those who know their areas best. New radical rights to draw up neighbourhood plans were unveiled and communities pricked up their ears and wondered.