Community Rights - to challenge and bid: How can local authorities make them work for them?
The Community Rights – to challenge and bidHow can local authorities make them work for them? Matthew West DCLG
Overview• Policy overview• How challenge works• What challenge means for Local Government
The context Localism – community rights and NCBs Open Public Services WP – Diversifying public sector delivery Only 2% of public contracts in 2010 went to the VCS Spending reductions – can new ways of delivering save services? Social enterprise is a growing sector – delivering monetary and social value.
Community rights Right to Bid Right to Challenge Alongside community asset transfer, Gives community groups with ideas on gives communities a fair chance to take how to run local services differentlyover land and buildings that are important and better the right to challenge to them. councils to run services Neighbourhood Planning Right to Build Gives neighbourhoods greater influence in deciding where facilities Gives communities new way to gain should be and the development they planning permission for small new want locally. Plans subject to a local developments – homes, shops, referendum businesses, facilities - in their area
What does Right to challenge mean for communities?• Gives the initiative to local groups – to set out the services they want the chance to run• Opportunity to put forward ideas to do things differently and to integrate different services at local level.• Opportunity to deliver services which are better suited to communities
VCS Social enterprise Two or more employees How it works Parish Council Relevant Builds business Gathers information Submits EOI body case and capacity Relevant body? 30 days Social value and user needs? Sufficient information? Acknowledges andLocal Accept/Modify/ informs body of Considers EOIauthority Reject decision date Reject Notify body Accept Publish reasons Notify body of Lotted contracts Suitable body Procurement Accessible to VCS decision and when Social value Contravenes duty procurement will start exercisePublished decision to stop Frivolous or vexatious
Right to Challenge – to date Spike of enquiries to Locality in July – has now steadied. Growing pipeline of potential grant applicantsNo clear pattern to date in terms of service types – Education and youth services are the biggest individual services
What does the Right to Challenge mean for Local Authorities• Likely increase in communities interested in taking on services.• Requests for service information - How are you putting information on contracts and services in the public domain?• Different – and more responsive services• An opportunity to deliver services which are more place based
Questions• How are you integrating the right to challenge into your communities/commissioning strategies?• Is there capacity in the VCS in your area to deliver services – could any groups benefit from our funding programme?• How can you use the VCS and social enterprise to help you continue to meet the needs of communities and to help communities do more for themselves?• What are the political issues in your authority – What role can councillors play in involving communities in services?