Friday, 7 June 2013

Paving The Way For More Community Involvement

South Cambridgeshire District Council is opening up new opportunities for local people to get involved in the running of its services following the launch of a new Community Right to Challenge.

The initiative was introduced under the government's Localism Act and gives voluntary and community groups, charities and parish councils the opportunity to make formal expressions of interest in running council services if they believe they can provide them in a more efficient, responsive or cost-effective way.

An expression of interest will trigger a procurement exercise, open to others who wish to tender, and will look at all the competing options for running the service.  Where council services have already been contracted out, groups can still submit expressions of interest for running the service in a different way.

The Council will accept formal expressions of interest under the Community Right to Challenge between 1 June and 31 July each year.

Details of the Right to Challenge process can be found by visiting www.scambs.gov.uk/content/community-right-challenge

South Cambridgeshire District Council's cabinet member for new communities, Cllr Pippa Corney, said: "We have made a number of changes at the Council over recent months and years to ensure we are making the most of every taxpayers' pound. The Community Right to Challenge presents an excellent opportunity to build on this further and for local people to put forward their own ideas for how they would do things differently and to get involved in delivering services.

"This is a real opportunity to look at what we do, make sure we are delivering services as effectively and efficiently as possible and to look at new opportunities for partnership working with our communities."