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Community Groups Can Run Local Services

 

Local community groups and parish councils now have the right to challenge local councils about the way they deliver local services – and bid to take over the running of that service if they think they can run them differently and better.

 

Known as the Community Right to Challenge, it’s one of a raft of new initiatives developed by the Government as part of the new Localism Act.

 

The Right to Challenge effectively means that local groups can make a bid to take over the running of a local service if they think they can do a better job or provide the services better or cheaper, make them more responsive to local needs, offer additional social value, or deliver better value for money.

 

For parish councils or community groups to take over a local service, they need to submit an expression of interest to the council. If accepted, the council will then start a tender process where anyone can bid to run the service on the council’s behalf.

 

The window for submitting expressions of interest opened on 1st March 2013 and will close on 30th April 2013.

 

For more information about the Community Right to Challenge visit www.sstaffs.gov.uk/localism.

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