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The Localism Bill was introduced by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles in 2010. It became an Act of Parliment on November 16, 20011 after it was granted royal assent by the Queen.

The provisions relating to the Council include:

  • giving Council a general power of competence.
  • allowing the Council to choose  to return to the committee system of governance and allowing for referendums for elected mayors in certain authorities
  • abolishing the Standards Board regime and the model code of conduct, and a criminal offence of deliberate failure to declare a personal interest in a matter
  • giving residents the power to instigate local referendums on any local issue and the power to veto excessive council tax increases
  • allowing Councils more discretion over business rate relief
  • providing new powers to help save local facilities and services threatened with closure, and giving voluntary and community groups the right to challenge

The government has published a Plain English Guide to the Act

Community Rights

Community right to challenge

Community right to challenge

The Community right to challenge came into effect 27 June 2012. This allows voluntary and community groups, parish councils or two or more members of local authority staff to express an interest in running a service currently commissioned or delivered by a local authority. Where the expressions of interest are accepted, the local authority must run a competitive procurement.

Community right to bid (assets for community value)

Community right to bid (assets for community value)

The Community right-to-bid allows communities to nominate buildings and land that they consider to be of value to the community, to be included on a local authority maintained list. If any of the assets on the register are put up for sale or change of ownership, the community is given a window of opportunity to express an interest in purchasing the asset, and subsequently an opportunity to bid.

Community right to build

Community right to build

As part of neighbourhood planning, the Act gives groups of local people the power to deliver the development that their local community wants. They may wish to build new homes, businesses, shops, playgrounds or meeting halls. A community organisation, formed by members of the local community, will be able to bring forward development proposals which, providing they meet minimum criteria and can demonstrate local support through a referendum, will be able to go ahead without requiring a separate traditional planning application.

More information and details of support can be found at:- Community Rights

Contact Details

Andy Wright 01384 814147

Donna Roberts 01384 816919

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