Summary information on Community Right to Challenge

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Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,

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

a) If the DCLG has requested any information, data or statistics from any relevant authorities or relevant bodies on the right to challenge as outlined in the Localism Act?
b) If the DCLG has received any information, data or statistics from any relevant authorities or relevant bodies on the right to challenge as outlined in the Localism Act?
c) If any summaries (partial or complete) of the numbers of challenges have been attempted or are held by DCLG - whether created by DCLG or a third party, and could be shared?

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.

d) Is any information or data available on the specific questions asked, numbers of responses received and any action taken following receipt of responses?

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'.

e) Is any information or data available on the specific local commissioners the government is worked with, if this group has stated or summarised its conclusions on the impact of the right to challenge and other means that have been consider to achieve its broad policy aims?

Yours faithfully,

James Evans

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Dear Mr Evans
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for contacting us on 10 April 2017 requesting Could you tell me
if following the Local Government Select Committee Inquiry into the
Community Rights :

a) If the DCLG has requested any information, data or statistics from any
relevant authorities or relevant bodies on the right to challenge as
outlined in the Localism Act?

b) If the DCLG has received any information, data or statistics from any
relevant authorities or relevant bodies on the right to challenge as
outlined in the Localism Act?

c) If any summaries (partial or complete) of the numbers of challenges
have been attempted or are held by DCLG - whether created by DCLG or a
third party, and could be shared?

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.

d) Is any information or data available on the specific questions asked,
numbers of responses received and any action taken following receipt of
responses?

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'.

e) Is any information or data available on the specific local
commissioners the government is worked with, if this group has stated or
summarised its conclusions on the impact of the right to challenge and
other means that have been consider to achieve its broad policy aims?
 
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Yours sincerely
 
 
Andrew Lock
FoI Business Partner - Localism
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Dear Mr Evans
 
Thank you for your request for information concerning Could you tell me if
following the Local Government Select Committee Inquiry into the Community
Rights :

a) If the DCLG has requested any information, data or statistics from any
relevant authorities or relevant bodies on the right to challenge as
outlined in the Localism Act?

b) If the DCLG has received any information, data or statistics from any
relevant authorities or relevant bodies on the right to challenge as
outlined in the Localism Act?

c) If any summaries (partial or complete) of the numbers of challenges
have been attempted or are held by DCLG - whether created by DCLG or a
third party, and could be shared?

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.

d) Is any information or data available on the specific questions asked,
numbers of responses received and any action taken following receipt of
responses?

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'.

e) Is any information or data available on the specific local
commissioners the government is worked with, if this group has stated or
summarised its conclusions on the impact of the right to challenge and
other means that have been consider to achieve its broad policy aims?.
 
Unfortunately I am unable to provide this information, because we do not
have it. I have attached my formal response which sets out the details.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Andrew Lock
FoI Business Partner - Localism
0303 44 42137
[email address]
 
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Dear Despatch Box,
Thank you for the response, although I do not feel it directly answers the questions I have asked. To clarify in terms of your response to my question:
1. Questions a/b - are you saying DCLG do 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?
2. Does that therefore mean you have not made any requests, or you have - but do not hold any responses?
3. Question c -again are you saying no summaries have been made, or they have but DCLG (or a third party) do not hold it?
4. Question d - I am struggling to understand how there can be a government response stating actions that have happened, yet in terms of the previous answers it is stated that the information is not held. Are you saying that whilst you had (at that time) 'recently contacted all groups' - there were no responses, hence you hold no information? At the very least I am confused as to why the specific questions referred to in the governments response are not held by DCLG? Are they held by a third party?
5. Question e - Again I am confused as to what has happened following the government response. Are you saying that work has been undertaken 'to work with local commissioners to examine the impact of
the Community Right to Challenge', but you hold no information on that? Or has an examination of the impact of the Community Right to Challenge not been undertaken following the government response?

Yours sincerely,

James Evans