The Sustainable Communities Act process has started! We can now drive the
actions of government to protect Post Offices, increase bus services, restrict
supermarkets, promote local renewable energy and much more.
Why is this Act different? What makes it not just another consultation exercise?
This Act is not just consultation. It is governance by dialogue and
reaching agreement. Government has a legal duty to co-operate and reach
agreement on the proposals made by communities and their councils.
Councils also have a duty to reach agreement with communities regarding
the ideas they have for help and action from central government. This
is radical -
we have never before had a law like this that creates a bottom-up way of doing government.
We need to urge all our AMs to call upon the Welsh Assembly to act on this.
Sustainable Communities Act - Action and Update - your help needed
The Sustainable Communities Act process has started! You and your communities
can now drive the actions of government to protect Post Offices, increase bus
services, restrict supermarkets, promote local renewable energy and much more.
We can only use the Act’s process if the Welsh Assembly wants us to. Only then
can our principal authorities (i.e. County Councils) choose to use it too. If
they do not then we can not use the Act at all. So it is crucial that AMs hear
loud and clear from us and other local residents that they should choose to use
Action: get involved
1. Write to Welsh Assembly Members asking them to “please support the submission
of a Legislative Competence Order to apply the powers in the Sustainable
Communities Act to
”. You can find out who your Welsh Assembly Members are Wales
by going to www.assemblywales.org or calling the Assembly Information Line on
0845 010 5500.
If the Welsh Assembly chooses to request to
Westminsterthat the Act
applies to them it will also apply to all Local Authorities in
The Local Works coalition are campaigning for the Welsh Assembly to
choose to do this. Please write to your AMs if you are a Welsh citizen
(you can use this sample letter).
2. Please sign up to Local Works by sending your contact details to the address
or email below so that we can keep you informed of the progress we are making in
applying the Act to
Ask other local people to write too - the more letters that AMs receive the
better! So please forward this email to friends, family, neighbours, colleagues
Currently over 20 councils in
have already resolved to use the Act. This England
is very good news given that the process has only just started. You can see the
full list on the front page of the website here: www.localworks.org.
Below is a sample letter for Welsh citizens to use when writing to their Welsh Assembly Members asking them to support the Assembly ‘opting in’ to the Sustainable Communities Act.
The text below is a guide, please feel free to compose your own letters as they will be more effective. Also please other people to write too – the more the better!
Note: You can find out who your Welsh Assembly Members are by going to www.assemblywales.org or calling the Assembly Information Line on 0845 010 5500.
Find your assembly member here
Dear [your Assembly Member’s name],
Re: the Welsh Assembly ‘opting in’ to the Sustainable Communities Act
In October 2007 the Sustainable Communities Act became an Act of the Westminster Parliament. It provides fantastic new opportunities for local communities and their councils to drive government policies to reverse community decline and promote sustainable communities.
However the Act does not currently apply to
I am therefore writing to you to ask you to please support the submission of a Legislative Competence Order to apply the powers in the Sustainable Communities Act to
I look forward to hearing from you.
Please send copies of any replies you receive to Local Works Campaign Co-ordinator, Steve Shaw, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Local Works
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