Archive for July 10th, 2012

For Pontypool people who have concerns about their local community

July 10, 2012

A BLOG POST WITH A DIFFERENCE

Visitors to this blog come from 55 different countries. I imagine that they are either people who have lived in Pontypool and have emigrated to other countries or people living in other countries whose ancestors used to live in Pontypool. Just yesterday and the previous day I had over 900 hits on the blog from the USA alone. Quite a number of visitors, of course, are still living in Pontypool and the surrounding areas. For this reason I try to post information about events big and small that have happened in Pontypool in past times. This posting, however, is an exception to that general aim.

Today I came across news about recent government legislation which might be of interest to people in Pontypool who have concerns about certain aspects of the town and the way certain things are organised and run. The other information is aimed at encouraging people to join in all sorts of sporting activities in their local area.

Here is the information about the legislation; I hope it will be of help. You will notice a number of links to other sites from which you can get further information concerning anything which interests you.

£30 million for communities taking over valued services and assets – Localism Act – Community Rights:

Community groups wanting to bid to run local services or buy their local shop, library or pub will benefit from more than £30 million of new specialist support.

Community Right to Bid – Under the £19 million Community Ownership of Assets programme communities wanting to take control of a much loved local asset will have access to support they need through each stage of the process from forming a group through to preparing and submitting a bid. The programme will also help communities use the Community Right to Bid when it comes into force this autumn.  For more information see  – http://communityrights.communities.gov.uk/what-are-community-rights/community-right-to-bid

Community Right to Challenge – Under the £11.5 million Community Right to Challenge programme – which became law on 27 June 2012  – communities with good ideas for how they can run local public services and want to use the Community Right to Challenge can access advice and support to develop their skills to be able to bid for and run excellent local services.  For more information see – http://communityrights.communities.gov.uk/community-right-to-challenge-comes-into-force .  The statutory guidance is available at – http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/communities/righttochallengestatguide or pdf at – http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/localgovernment/pdf/2168126.pdf

More communities will be able to bid to take over local services they think they can run differently and better now the Community Right to Challenge comes into effect.  The Community Right to Challenge hands more power back to communities, allowing voluntary and community groups, parish councils and local authority staff to express an interest in taking over the running of local authority services, making services more responsive to local needs and delivering better value for money.

Specialist support is now in place to help community groups wanting to take greater control of their community through every stage of the process – from setting up a group and developing a proposal right through to the delivering services on the ground.  The Social Investment Business, in partnership with Locality and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations will deliver a 3-year support programme worth £11.5 million. The programme will include a dedicated advice phone line where support and information will be available. It will also include grants to help groups to use the new right and bid to run local public services, resources, and case studies.

For more information also see the Department of Communities and Local Government website – http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/2175120 and http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/newsroom/2168302.

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    Join in Local Sport – www.joininuk.org 

On 18/19 August, Join in Local Sport will encourage the nation to head down to where is starts for every great champion – their local sports club. The aim of Join in is for every sports club in the UK to put on a special event or activity on the weekend of 18/19 August (the first weekend after the Olympics and before the Paralympics) – capturing the enthusiasm for sport that the Games will generate.

For more information please see attached, and the Join in website – www.joininuk.org –  we would be grateful if you could highlight Join in on your website / to your members and distribute information about Join in to local sports organisations and community organisations.

Eddie Izzard talks about Join in on You Tube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHOalt__woM

Find out more at http://joininuk.org or follow us at @joininuk.

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