Information on Community Right to Challenge

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Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,

1. Could you tell me if following the Local Government Select Committee Inquiry into the
Community Rights:

Q1. Do DCLG hold or not hold information on any requests made by DCLG or received by DCLG from local authorities or relevant bodies on the right to challenge as outlined in the Localism Act?
Q2. Has the DCLG made any requests, but does not hold any responses?
Q3. Have any summaries (partial or complete) of the numbers of challenges been attempted whether created by DCLG or a third party, and could they be shared?
Q4. If the information is not held, can you confirm that it was held at the time of response to the select committee or afterwards, and the reason it has since become unavailable?

2. In the Government response to the Communities and Local Government Select
Committee Inquiry into the Community Rights (Recommendation 12) it is
noted:

'We have recently contacted all groups that have received specialist
support through both the Community Right to Challenge and Community
Ownership and Management of Assets programmes asking them about the impact
of the support they received on their organisation and what they have
achieved since. This includes questions as to whether they have submitted
an expression of interest under the Community Right to Challenge, whether
they have taken part in a procurement exercise and whether they have won a
contract.

Q5. How many groups received specialist support referred to in the response?
Q6. During what date range were the groups contacted?
Q7. Is the basis for the information forming the response to the select committee able to be shared? This would include number of responses received, the groups contacted, impact of support and achievements since and action taken by DCLG.
Q8. Is an example of the correspondence able to be shared, including the list of questions sent?
Q9. If the information is not held, can you confirm that it was held at the time of response to the select committee or afterwards, and the reason it has since become unavailable?

3. In the Government response to the Communities and Local Government Select
Committee Inquiry into the Community Rights (Recommendation 13 para 31) it
is noted:

'We will work with local commissioners to examine the impact of
the Community Right to Challenge and to consider other means to achieve
its broad policy aims'.

Q10. Has an examination of the impact of the Community Right to Challenge been undertaken following the government response?
Q11. If so, on what date and which commissioners were involved?
Q12. If the information is not held, can you confirm that it was held at the time of response to the select committee or afterwards, and the reason it has since become unavailable?

Yours faithfully,

James Evans

Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,

I understand that my request has been delayed - although by law I should have had a response by now. Could you advise as to the current position please?

Yours faithfully,

James Evans

Despatch Box, Department for Communities and Local Government

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Can you please let us know the reference number of your request, the
subject matter and who replied to you.
 
Kind regards, Knowledge and Information Access Team
Department for Communities and Local Government
 
Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,

I understand that my request has been delayed - although by law I should
have had a response by now. Could you advise as to the current position
please?

Yours faithfully,

James Evans

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Dear Despatch Box,

I don't have the reference number, but the FOI was delivered on 27 July, and I was informed by the What Do They Know website that the request was delayed - I assume because its past the timeframe for a response. The subject matter is already within the page of the website, to which you have responded.

Yours sincerely,

James Evans

Department for Communities and Local Government

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Dear Mr Evans
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for contacting us on 19 September 2017.
 
Your request was:
 
1. Could you tell me if following the Local Government Select Committee
Inquiry into the Community Rights:

Q1. Do DCLG hold or not hold information on any requests made by DCLG or
received by DCLG from local authorities or relevant bodies on the right to
challenge as outlined in the Localism Act?

Q2. Has the DCLG made any requests, but does not hold any responses?

Q3. Have any summaries (partial or complete) of the numbers of challenges
been attempted whether created by DCLG or a third party, and could they be
shared?

Q4. If the information is not held, can you confirm that it was held at
the time of response to the select committee or afterwards, and the reason
it has since become unavailable?

2. In the Government response to the Communities and Local Government
Select Committee Inquiry into the Community Rights (Recommendation 12) it
is noted: 'We have recently contacted all groups that have received
specialist support through both the Community Right to Challenge and
Community Ownership and Management of Assets programmes asking them about
the impact of the support they received on their organisation and what
they have achieved since. This includes questions as to whether they have
submitted an expression of interest under the Community Right to
Challenge, whether they have taken part in a procurement exercise and
whether they have won a contract.

Q5. How many groups received specialist support referred to in the
response?

Q6. During what date range were the groups contacted?

Q7. Is the basis for the information forming the response to the select
committee able to be shared? This would include number of responses
received, the groups contacted, impact of support and achievements since
and action taken by DCLG.

Q8. Is an example of the correspondence able to be shared, including the
list of questions sent?

Q9. If the information is not held, can you confirm that it was held at
the time of response to the select committee or afterwards, and the reason
it has since become unavailable?

3. In the Government response to the Communities and Local Government
Select Committee Inquiry into the Community Rights (Recommendation 13 para
31) it is noted: 'We will work with local commissioners to examine the
impact of the Community Right to Challenge and to consider other means to
achieve its broad policy aims'.

Q10. Has an examination of the impact of the Community Right to Challenge
been undertaken following the government response?

Q11. If so, on what date and which commissioners were involved?

Q12. If the information is not held, can you confirm that it was held at
the time of response to the select committee or afterwards, and the reason
it has since become unavailable?
 
I am dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and aim to send you a response by 17 October 2017.
 
If you have any questions, please ask by return email. Please leave the
subject line unchanged when replying, to make sure your email gets
straight to me.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Ashwin Jolly
Deputy FOI Business Partner
 
 
 
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Despatch Box, Department for Communities and Local Government

                            
Our reference: 3487923             Information request

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Dear Mr Evans
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information:
 
Your request was:
 
1. Could you tell me if following the Local Government Select Committee
Inquiry into the Community Rights:

Q1. Do DCLG hold or not hold information on any requests made by DCLG or
received by DCLG from local authorities or relevant bodies on the right to
challenge as outlined in the Localism Act?

Q2. Has the DCLG made any requests, but does not hold any responses?

Q3. Have any summaries (partial or complete) of the numbers of challenges
been attempted whether created by DCLG or a third party, and could they be
shared?

Q4. If the information is not held, can you confirm that it was held at
the time of response to the select committee or afterwards, and the reason
it has since become unavailable?

2. In the Government response to the Communities and Local Government
Select Committee Inquiry into the Community Rights (Recommendation 12) it
is noted: 'We have recently contacted all groups that have received
specialist support through both the Community Right to Challenge and
Community Ownership and Management of Assets programmes asking them about
the impact of the support they received on their organisation and what
they have achieved since. This includes questions as to whether they have
submitted an expression of interest under the Community Right to
Challenge, whether they have taken part in a procurement exercise and
whether they have won a contract.

Q5. How many groups received specialist support referred to in the
response?

Q6. During what date range were the groups contacted?

Q7. Is the basis for the information forming the response to the select
committee able to be shared? This would include number of responses
received, the groups contacted, impact of support and achievements since
and action taken by DCLG.

Q8. Is an example of the correspondence able to be shared, including the
list of questions sent?

Q9. If the information is not held, can you confirm that it was held at
the time of response to the select committee or afterwards, and the reason
it has since become unavailable?

3. In the Government response to the Communities and Local Government
Select Committee Inquiry into the Community Rights (Recommendation 13 para
31) it is noted: 'We will work with local commissioners to examine the
impact of the Community Right to Challenge and to consider other means to
achieve its broad policy aims'.

Q10. Has an examination of the impact of the Community Right to Challenge
been undertaken following the government response?

Q11. If so, on what date and which commissioners were involved?

Q12. If the information is not held, can you confirm that it was held at
the time of response to the select committee or afterwards, and the reason
it has since become unavailable?, which we received on 19 September 2017.
 
We are handling it under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
 
We do hold some of this information, but unfortunately I will not be able
to give you a response within the normal 20 working days. I need
additional time to give extra consideration to the public interest in
releasing it.
 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 allows this when one or more qualified
exemptions apply to the information. In this case the exemptions I am
considering are s36 of the Act, concerning prejudice tof effective conduct
of public affairs
 
I estimate that it will take an additional 20 working days to take a
decision on where the balance of the public interest lies. Therefore, I
will respond to you by 14 November 2017.
 
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If you are unhappy with this response, we will review it and report back
to you. (This is called an internal review.) If you want us to do this,
let us know by return email within two months of receiving this response.
You can also ask by letter addressed to:
 
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If you are unhappy with the outcome of this internal review, you can ask
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Commissioner can be contacted at email address [1][email address] or
use their online form at [2]ico.org.uk/concerns or call them on 0303 123
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Yours sincerely
 
 
Ashwin Jolly
Deputy FOI Business Partner
 
 
 
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