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Community Right To Challenge

A new right has come into force that enables communities and charities to put forward ideas on how they could run a local service more effectively. Under the Community Right to Challenge, part of the Localism Act introduced in 2011, voluntary and community bodies (as well as local authority staff and parish councils) will be able to submit an expression of interest to their local authority to provide a service. If accepted, the local authority must then enter into a procurement exercise for that service.

Please use this page to post examples of how you and others are seeking to make use of the Community Right to Challenge.

Share ideas and stories of success or frustrations.

Let us record what really happens as a result of this initiative.

Is it just talk and Government PR or will it really lead to community empowerment?

Let us name, shame or applaud those local authorities that are approached by community activists, charities, Co-ops and social enterprises and challenged to make changes.

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  • Public sector bidding – how can social enterprise win?

     

    Social enterprises must help make it easier for procurement teams to award them with contracts.

     

    .............As the social enterprise sector grows, it is becoming increasingly important for its credibility that it becomes successful at bidding, winning, and delivering public sector contracts. It is time for these organisations to demonstrate their ability to deliver value to the public sector and the communities they serve.

    This article explains what I believe social enterprise needs to do in order to win.....The Guardian.

  • New Report: Public Service Markets favour large companies and shareholders

    A report published by Social Enterprise UK says a ‘shadow state’ is emerging in which a small number of large companies providing outsourced public services are becoming too big or complex to fail, with serious consequences for Britain’s economy and communities.

     

    http://www.empower.coop/Publications/shadow.pdf

  • The mutual revolution: global statistics revealed.

    The scale and impact of the UK’s mutual sector is revealed in the recently published Mutuals Yearbook, launched by campaigning group Mutuo at its annual conference in London.

    Despite the recession, mutual businesses and organisations are set to achieve record revenue figures of £116 billion – a £4bn increase on last year’s total. Mutuo calculates that there are 17,897 mutuals in the country – a small drop on the 2011 figure – and over a million people employed in the sector.

    Altogether, according to the Yearbook, there are 5,933 co-ops in the UK; 338 Co-operative Trust schools; 9,006 clubs and societies; 184 football and rugby supporters trusts; 250 employee-owned businesses; 55 mutual insurers and friendly societies; 47 mutual building societies; 424 credit unions; 144 NHS Foundation Trusts and 1,516 housing associations.

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