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Revolutionary new rights for communities

On 11 December 2010 the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles announced a package of powerful new rights for communities to challenge services and preserve local assets.

This will be part of the Localism Bill due to be announced today (13 December) which will place in law rights for community and voluntary groups to draw on when determining what happens in their local area.

The two main rights outlined on 11 December were:

Community Right to Buy

Here local groups will have a legal right to nominate any vital community assets eg local shops, pubs and libraries to be assessed for recording on a ‘most wanted’ list by the local council. If one of these assets is put up for sale this will be delayed which will give local groups time to prepare business plans and raise funds to enable them to bid for the asset.

Community Right to Challenge

This gives local community or voluntary sector groups, parish councils and council employees delivering that particular service the right to challenge and take over a local service. Services that could be affected would include running children’s centres, social care services and local transport links.

 

 

Date: 22nd December, 2010
Author: Wendy Bambrick

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