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Community Rights

Community Right to Bid, Community Right to Challenge and the Localism act.

Equality and Diversity

The Council is committed to supporting Community Rights under the Localism Act 2011. The Act is designed to give local people and groups a greater influence to shape services, instead of giving this power to Central Government. 

This is described using 5 principles:

  • Where possible, we should increase choice by giving people direct control over the services they use
  • Power should be decentralised to the lowest possible level
  • Public services should be open to a range of providers competing to offer better services
  • The State's role is to deliver fair access, fair funding and fair competition
  • Public services should be accountable to users and taxpayers

There are three main Community Rights reflected within the Act: the right to Challenge, Bid and Build.