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Community rights are about giving more decision making powers to individuals, communities and councils.

The rights includes:  

What this means 

We want to build on good practices and working relationships that already exist in our communities. 

As part of our Council Plan, we aspire to ‘Keep it Local’. This means we are commissioning more services and support from local voluntary and community groups who already know the needs of local people and can support community conversations.

We understand that the best way to tackle challenges and create local services that work for you is to build strong partnerships with towns, village and parishes to build strong partnerships.

We can use public resources to invest in the local economy, support communities and provide services which reduce pressure and costs on our public services.


The main aims of community rights are to: 

  • provide opportunities for communities to influence decision making 
  • support the individual identity of an area
  • deliver services that meet local needs

More information 

We are delegated to work directly with communities under the Localism Act 2011.

You can find out more in the GOV.UK’s plain English guide to the Localism Act,

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