Local authorities would be given 'massive' powers over policing, health and skills spending, under proposals drawn up by a Conservative policy group.
The group which includes Boris Johnson's 'chief of staff' Sir Simon Milton, recommends devolving more powers to borough and district councils as well as creating more regional elected mayors.
David Cameron is expected to announce soon which of these policies he will pursue, but he will almost certainly propose further devolution of powers to individual authorities.
Milton's proposals will please those Conservative London Assembly members such as Tony Arbour, who have relentlessly lobbied for more powers to be taken away from City Hall.
However, paradoxically the move to establish more elected mayors, may well take powers away from other local authorities elsewhere.
The proposals have not been released in full but they are said to include the now obligatory call to cut back on regulation with:
"councils judged against locally set targets drawn up in conjunction with local businesses and other parties."
Which if I was to be cynical (and I will) translates as:
"councils judge their own low performance against their own low targets drawn up after discussing them with their low business mates."
Because the problem with the relentless drive to 'localism' is that those decisions which would otherwise be taken and scrutinised at a national or regional level, are pushed off to a place where they receive little or no press attention or opposition whatsoever.
And while all the eyes are forever on the national government's every move, at a local level, corruption can often take a grip without even so much as a whisper.
Of course, the standard calls to 'give away more powers' and to 'extend democracy' always goes down well.
But when those powers are being given away at precisely the time when whole swathes of the country are losing all press scrutiny, then it is not something that should be allowed to pass without question.