Community Rights Made Real Blog
Our Community Rights project in Dudley focuses on smaller groups who have less influence over service delivery. However, we haven't found much evidence that they are clamouring to use the Community Right to Challenge to redress the balance. Why is this?
The aim of the Community Rights Made Real project is to test out how the community rights contained in the Localism Bill are being received by voluntary and community groups in Dudley, especially those who have traditionally lacked power. Part of this is about doing research that could be useful for policy makers and others in communities and local authorities. However, this is an action research project and a major priority is to develop and implement action to build better relationships between communities and Dudley Council around the things that community rights are focused on - service delivery, assets and neighbourhood planning. Ultimately there will be a project report outlining what we have learned from the process. The purpose of this blog is to give my reflections on some of the ideas and issues we have come across.