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The Community Rights, DCLG - Civil Society Innovation Network 23 Feb 2012


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The Community Rights, DCLG - Civil Society Innovation Network 23 Feb 2012

  1. 1. The Rights: to bid, challenge, build and neighbourhood planning LGiU Civil Society Innovation Network 23/02/2012 Hulya Mustafa – Deputy Director, Big Society and Community Rights
  2. 2. Aims <ul><li>Overview of the new rights in the Localism Act </li></ul><ul><li>Issues for Local Authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Support Package </li></ul>
  3. 3. Current priorities <ul><li>Implementing the Localism Act </li></ul><ul><li>Enacting the community rights </li></ul><ul><li>Support for community rights </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbourhoods </li></ul><ul><li>Developing Neighbourhood Level Community Budgets </li></ul><ul><li>Consulting on neighbourhood level structures </li></ul><ul><li>Open Public Services </li></ul><ul><li>Opening commissioning at local level . </li></ul>
  4. 4. The New Community Rights <ul><li>The Right to Bid </li></ul><ul><li>The Right to Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbourhood Planning </li></ul><ul><li>The Right to Build. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Community Right to Bid The Community Right to Bid is a radical new community right. The aim is to give communities a fair chance to bid to take over land and buildings that are important to them This will help local communities to save important community assets, tackle social need and build up resources in their neighbourhood.
  6. 6. Community Right to Bid Current Position Where we are: Plan to lay regulations in April, bring in to force as soon as possible after subject to Parliamentary approval. How will it work?: • Nominations: Local voluntary and community groups, Parish councils and Neighbourhood Forums. • Local authority lists asset if an “asset of community value”. • When / if put up for sale, the six months “window of opportunity”. • More time, fairer chance to bid.
  7. 7. Hebden Bridge Town Hall <ul><li>Hebden Bridge Adult Education building. </li></ul><ul><li>2003-4 Calderdale BC sold valued Adult. Education </li></ul><ul><li>building at auction. Community little time to bid and </li></ul><ul><li>building lost to community. </li></ul><ul><li>Community resentment - Calderdale Council’s review of asset </li></ul><ul><li>Disposals Hebden Bridge Community Association formed, 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>Hebden Bridge Town Hall – one of first community managed Town in Britain! And now thriving mixed use council and community facility. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Community Right to Bid <ul><li>The challenges </li></ul><ul><li>• Insufficient awareness and understanding. </li></ul><ul><li>• Support needed to raise capital and put together bid. </li></ul><ul><li>• LAs inadequate time to implement. </li></ul><ul><li>Possible mitigating action </li></ul><ul><li>• Comprehensive communications from DCLG, LAs and third sector. </li></ul><ul><li>• Support package launched. </li></ul><ul><li>• DCLG working with LA sector, to issue Advice Note. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Questions for you <ul><li>What do you see as the challenges and opportunities in managing the Community Right to Bid? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Community Right to Challenge A right for VCS bodies, charities parish councils and relevant authority employees, to express an interest in running relevant authority services, where they believe they can do so differently and better. If the expression of interest is accepted, the authority must carry out a procurement exercise for the service.
  11. 11. How will the Right work? Relevant services subject to challenge Voluntary or Community Group Charity Parish Council Relevant Authority Staff Expression of Interest Relevant Authority Accept Accept with modification Reject Relevant authority undertakes procurement exercise in line with legal requirements No procurement triggered; relevant authority publishes reason for rejection 1 2 3 Time during which expressions of interest, can be submitted Time for authorities to reach a decision on expressions of interest Time between accepting expressions of interest and starting a procurement exercise
  12. 12. Community Right to Challenge Current Position We are finalising secondary legislation and it will be laid in Parliament shortly. We expect the Right to come into force by April 2012. We will issue statutory guidance when secondary legislation is laid. We aim to have support in place by end of April to align with commencement of the Right as part of the overall package.
  13. 13. Bulky Bob’s <ul><li>Reuses and recycles 65% of furniture and white goods - reduce impact on the environment, saving councils £££ in landfill costs. </li></ul><ul><li>Helped over 30,000 low-income families access affordable furniture. </li></ul><ul><li>Has run training programmes for more than 200 long-term unemployed. Since 2000, 80% of trainees have gone into sustainable employment. </li></ul><ul><li>Social benefits to the local community 2.5 times the initial investment. </li></ul>A Social enterprise that has contracts with Liverpool City Council and other councils to collect, reuse and recycle bulky household waste. Offers not only efficient waste collection service, but also social, economic and environmental benefits …
  14. 14. Challenges <ul><ul><li>Understand duties under the Right and establish relevant processes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider how to communicate the Community Right to Challenge locally. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Questions for you <ul><li>We are considering extending the Right to other public bodies. Would you consider ‘challenging’ to deliver Central Government’s services? </li></ul><ul><li>If so, which ones? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the opportunities and challenges for you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What more can Government do to help? </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Neighbourhood Planning New right for neighbourhoods to draw up local plans with statutory weight Communities will have greater influence in deciding where facilities should go through local referendum On completion a neighbourhood development plan (NDP) or order (NDO) will become part of the local development plan.
  17. 17. Neighbourhood planning Front runners <ul><li>The Neighbourhood planning Front runner scheme will enable DCLG to learn lessons about how neighbourhood planning is likely to work in practice when new powers come into force in April and will influence the preparation of regulations, policy and guidance. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Challenges <ul><ul><li>Will communities have the expertise to understand how to prepare neighbourhood plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insufficient resources and knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timescales for preparing a neighbourhood plan. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Questions for you <ul><li>What are the challenges of securing community engagement and how might these be overcome? </li></ul><ul><li>What should the local authority do to help communities and parish councils undertake neighbourhood planning through its new &quot;duty to support &quot;? </li></ul>
  20. 20. The Right to Build The Community Right to Build will allow communities to bring forward small scale developments. This will include the - new homes, communities facilities or businesses – in their neighbourhood.
  21. 21. Supporting the new Community Rights <ul><li>We are inviting bids to provide </li></ul><ul><li>support for the rights. Tender </li></ul><ul><li>window closes today </li></ul><ul><li>£30m over three years for bid </li></ul><ul><li>and challenge </li></ul><ul><li>We expect the support </li></ul><ul><li>programme to be available from </li></ul><ul><li>end of April 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>The Delivery Partner will offer an advisory service, administer a grants programme, and undertake a strategic development role. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Questions - summary <ul><li>What do you see as the challenges and opportunities for authorities in managing the Community Rights? </li></ul><ul><li>How are member authorities already responding to the rights? </li></ul><ul><li>What more could government do to help you make these new powers work? </li></ul><ul><li>We are considering extending the Right to other public bodies. Would you consider ‘challenging’ to deliver Central Government’s services? If so, which ones? </li></ul>