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Delivering greater powers to local communities

November 11, 2014 12:56 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Communities across England have joined together to protect pubs, libraries and leisure centres against being sold off under the government's community rights programme.

The total number of uses of rights has now reached 3,000 with more than 1,500 much loved buildings, assets and green spaces listed for protection and 1,200 now underway.

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Liberal Democrat Communities Minister Stephen Williams said:

"Governments in the past have sought to hold on to and centralise power, but we have broken this hold, trusting councils and local people to decide how to run their community and they have embraced this with more than 3,000 uses of the rights so far.

"From regulars taking over their local pub to ambitious local plans for new development, new jobs and better targeted services, community rights are providing a very real local revolution."

Community Rights powers include:

- The Community Right to Bid: this helps protect treasured community assets. Communities can nominate any local building or land as an "asset of community value" then if it comes up for sale, they have six months to raise the funds to buy it.

- Neighbourhood planning: allows communities to shape the places where they live and work. Residents are able to decided what type of development is needed, where it should go and what it looks like.

- Our place: helps residents work together with councillors, service providers, businesses and voluntary and community organisations to solve problems and improve community services.

- The Tenant Empowerment Programme: supports social housing tenants to engage in or manage local services. The scheme gives tenants training and support to help them take control of their housing through Right to Manage.