Community Rights to Challenge and to Buy Consultations
The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) has launched consultations for two areas of the Localism Bill that will be very relevant to the community and voluntary sector: the Community Right to buy and the Community right to Challenge.
Under the Community Right to Buy (assets of community value) community groups will be able to nominate important local amenities and buildings - such as community centres, town halls, or the last village shop or pub - for listing as assets of community value by the local authority. When they come up for sale, communities will have extra time to prepare a bid to take them over, making it easier to keep much-loved assets in public use and part of local life.
Under the Community Right to Challenge voluntary and community groups, parish councils and local authority staff will be able to challenge to take over the running of local authority services where they believe they can do so differently or better.
The closing date for the consultations is 3 May 2011.
The consultation documents and response forms can be found on the DCLG website:
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4 February 2011