Community Rights Made Real project - Donna Roberts presentation to Dudley MBC Policy Leads May 2011
Community Rights Bill Policy Leads – 26th May 2011 Andy Wright (Head of Corporate Policy & Research)
Today’s Agenda1. Introduction to Community Rights• Right to Buy• Right to Build• Right to Challenge• Community Rights Project• “Community Rights Made Real”• Project objectives3. How you can get involved
What are ‘Community Rights’?The Community Right to• Buy• Build• ChallengeIntroduced in the Localism Bill published in December2010. It is a key part of the Governments Localism and BigSociety agenda. If enacted the bill will provide new rights forlocal communities and seek to devolve power to localpeople.
The Right to Buy• Local communities will be given new powers to bid to take over land and buildings threatened with closure.• It covers assets only and under it communities may bid to take over a building but would need to use the Community Right to Challenge if they wish to take over the service that operates from the building.• Community groups will be entitled to nominate public or private assets to be included on the local authoritys list of assets of community value.• The community will be given extended time to prepare to buy assets at the going rate (i.e. on the open market).
The Right to Build• Communities can take forward developments for new homes, shops and facilities in their area• Community organisations can go ahead with developments which have overwhelming community support (50% in a referendum), without the need for planning permission• It would not be possible to use the proposed Right to Build to expand communities by more than 10 per cent in a 10-year period.• Schemes can only be brought forward by established community groups with a regulatory body (e.g. Charity Commission).
The Right to Challenge• Communities will be given the ability to register an interest to bid to take over a local public service which they would like to run better or differently.• It gives local people more of a say in how local services are run and empowers them to challenge and hold local authorities to account.• Voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, charities, parish councils and relevant local authority staff are given the right to submit an expression of interest to bid to run a local authority service.• It applies to services run by local authorities, but it may be extended to include services run by other public bodies
Community Rights Project‘Community Rights Made Real’This project aims to enable community groups to takeadvantage of the new opportunities being created and willinvestigate local needs, circumstance, capacity andaspiration in Dudley to use community rights.Urban Forum will carry out this work with Dudley CVS, StrongerCommunities Steering Group and other partners. Evidence gained will bethe basis for recommendation to DCLG to inform policy and practice inthe future.
Project AimsThe project will work with local groups in Dudley to:• Assess current levels of awareness & needs to support take up of rights.• Raise awareness of opportunities being created via practical information• Map current situation & potential for community rights activity• Co-design and develop with partners a community rights action plan• Capture learning on needs, solutions, barriers and success factors
How will the rights affect me? You may find yourself being in the role of the … Affected Enabler Service Users Adviser Engagement Local Provide Communities Provide Funding Signpost Service Information Staff Support PartnershipProviders working
How can you get involved?• Tell us your reaction to the rights• Which services in your directorate are most likely to be affected?• In what ways might it affect them?• How might they respond?• How can we support you?
Useful Links Thank you for your time. If you wish to find out more about the Community Rights Bills visit some of the links listed below.• Localism Billhttp://www.communities.gov.uk/localgovernment/decentralisation/localismbill/• Right to Buyhttp://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/righttobuyconsultation.• Right to Buildhttp://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_189548• Right to Challengehttp://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/righttochallengeconsultation