The Act gives communities, together with their councils, the right to come up with proposals and to then submit these to the central government. These proposals can be for any government action or assistance that would reverse community decline and protect or promote sustainable communities. Sustainable communities are defined in the Act as incorporating 4 things; local economies (e.g. promoting local shops, Post Offices, local businesses and local jobs), environmental protection (e.g. promoting local renewable energy, protecting green spaces), social inclusion (protecting local public services and alleviating fuel poverty and food poverty) and democratic involvement (encouraging local people to participate in local decision making).
So communities and councils can put forward any proposal that:
a) can be shown to promote sustainable communities as defined above
b) requires central government action or assistance. Communities and councils can submit proposals whenever they choose to
If councils choose to use the Act by submitting proposals, they must first involve communities and citizens in their area. They must not just consult them, but also try to reach an agreement with them on what proposals the council will submit. How councils do so is up to them, though it is recommended that councils set up (or recognise, if they already exist) a panel or panels of representatives of local people. These should include people from under-represented groups: ethnic minorities, young people, older people, tenants, etc.
Upon receiving proposals, the central government must consider them and decide whether to implement them. If they decide not to implement a proposal they must give reasons why.
The legal order allowing parishes to formally make direct proposals to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) secretary of state under the second round invitation of the Sustainable Communities Act, 2007 – formally commenced on Monday 14 October 2013.
To submit a proposal under the Act direct to the Secretary of State, parishes should visit the MHCLG Barrier Busting.
We are promoting the parish use of the Act and is the parish sector.
Here are a few of the latest themes, which parishes are considering to make SCA proposals: