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24.5.08

The Sustainable Communities Act is not just another consultation exercise...

An interesting project from Unlock Democracy that on the face of it offers Cornish communities greater say over the way they are governed.

I don't know if it has any relevance in terms of Cornish recognition or home rule and it certainly isn't devolution, however I still think all interested parties should study the bill and see what it offers. Full details can be found on the Local Works website, below is an extract.



WORRIED ABOUT:

NO LOCAL JOBS OR BUSINESSES
NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING
YOUR POST OFFICE CLOSING
NO LOCAL POLICE STATION
LOCAL SHOPS AND PUBS CLOSING
TRAFFIC WRECKING QUIET STREETS
NO BUSES / OLDER PEOPLE ABANDONED
POLLUTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE
DOCTORS, DENTISTS & HOLSPITALS CLOSING
LACK OF LOCAL HEALTHY FOOD

NOW YOU CAN FIGHT BACK!

A new law gives you, your neighbours and friends power to tell Government how to help you stop your community declining.

“This is not just another consultation. This Act gives you power to protect and enhance your community, we urge you to use it.”

(David Drew MP (Labour), Nick Hurd MP (Conservative) and Julia Goldsworthy MP (Lib Dem) that lead the cross party campaign for the Act in Parliament)

On 23 October 2007 the Sustainable Communities Act became law. It is a remarkable piece of legislation: for the first time we have an Act of Parliament that discards the usual top-down decision making and also the nonsense that ‘consultation’ by the government is somehow empowering (when the opposite is the case as most people know).

This Act is special because it establishes for the first time a co-operative method of decision making, so that all the decisions are no longer made at the centre.

It is an Act that can empower citizens and will give effect to what the sponsors argued for the 5 years of the campaign that:

‘citizens and councils are the experts on their own problems and the solutions to them’

It is, as Government Minister Phil Woolas told the House of Commons on 15 June 2007 one of the most important such Acts in the last 40 years because as he said: ‘I genuinely believe that it will change the relationships in British politics’.

The Sustainable Communities Act gives you power over decisions which affect your life.


Submitted by Steve on Thu, 15/05/2008 - 10:58.

The Local Works coalition has produced a new guide for citizens on how to use the Sustainable Communities Act and be involved in the new participation process it sets up. The guide contains details on how the Act works as well as examples of what can be achieved through using it.

The content of the guide can be viewed here or you can download a pdf version of it here. If you would like more copies to be sent to you free please contact us. Thank you again to all those who helped campaign for this Act to become law. Your efforts achieved a great victory for local communities and for democracy. We urge everyone to use this Act. ACTION - For actions you can take click here.

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