The Sustainable Communities Act
What does a Sustainable Community mean?
“Creating healthy communities that can thrive and survive in the long term”
There is something you would like improved in your community… How do you influence change at the local level?
The Sustainable Communities Act A channel for influencing change
Local Works • • • National coalition Sustainable Communities Bill 5 year campaign to pass the Act Grassroots campaign Thousands supported the Bill
The philosophy of the SCA • • • Communities face overwhelming challenges which no council or community can resolve on their own Central government is very powerful, they should be able to help, not dictate, with the solutions Local people should be the experts to the problems they are facing in their area – they should have a voice
The Sustainable Communities Act, 2007 • • • A channel through which local people, together with their councils, can drive government action in their local area. ‘Bottom up’ power You say what you want, rather than Whitehall dictating it
Achievements • • • Regulating betting shops Closed planning loop holes Helped business Promoted Renewable energy schemes Statements of support from government
NOT just another consultation • • • Councils have a legal duty to reach agreement with communities regarding ideas they have for help from central government Government has legal duty to reach agreement on proposals Unique process
How Does The Act Work? • Anyone can use the Act, it is not prescriptive • A council must resolve to use the Act • The key that unlocks the process
Proposals � 1) Must help the community in a sustainable way • • � Promote local economy Help the local environment Encourage greater democracy Encourage greater social inclusion 2) Must require government action • Not valid If the council can already do it
Your council is using the Act, write down ideas for proposals that would help your community � � � Environmental - promoting renewable energy, increasing recycling and protecting green spaces Local Economies – promoting local shops, local businesses and local jobs Social inclusion – protecting local public services and alleviating fuel poverty and food poverty Democratic involvement – increasing ways that local people can participate in local decision making, promoting new ways in which people can influence what happens locally Must be something that requires government action
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Local Works team can offer advice and assistance ameneh. enayat@unlockdemocracy. org. uk Tel: 0207 278 4443 Thank You!