Local government

Community rights


For too long communities have not had a big enough say in what happens in their local area - whether it be about what happens to local amenities, how local services are delivered, or how new development is planned.

The Localism Act 2011 enshrined in law for the first time a new set of rights for communities. It marks a revolution in the way the country works by putting power back in the hands of people through a radical package of reforms and new freedoms.

What we are doing

We are taking action to give power to local communities by introducing the following rights:

  • Right to challenge
  • Right to bid
  • Right to build
  • Neighbourhood planning

These rights will put community, voluntary and charity groups first in line when it comes to running public services. We'll offer support to groups who want to use these new rights by providing information and guidance and helping them navigate and exercise these rights. See the pages below to find out more about the rights and when they come into force.

Community groups who are thinking about running a local service, or putting a local building to better use can visit the My Community Rights website (external link) for ideas and inspiration.

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