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Community Assets, Rights and Support

These pages provide advice and information for communities

Here you'll find a variety of material to help grow your idea into a community project, including information about your community rights and case studies of interesting community projects.

You may have heard about the government's Localism agenda, which focuses on shifting power away from central government towards local people. This agenda is designed to give communities new rights and powers.

These web pages will give you further information about Localism and signpost you to further sources of information, you will also be able to find out about the four new community rights within the Localism Act and the new powers these have for communities. The community rights are:

Community Right to Build

Community Right to Bid

Community Right to Challenge

Supporting and engaging your community

The most successful community projects often have high quality and meaningful community engagement at their heart. This ensures that their project meets the needs of their community and can often help you to attract funding for your project. Our Consultation and Community Engagement can help you with ways of speaking to your community; you might also wish to consider a Community-Led Plan which can help your community to plan for its future.


The Localism Act was introduced to Parliament in November 2011. This Act will shift power from central government back into the hands of individuals, communities and councils.

The Localism Bill includes five key measures that underpin the Government's approach to decentralisation.

  1. Community rights
  2. Neighbourhood planning
  3. Housing
  4. General power of competence
  5. Empowering cities and other local areas

More information is available on these measures is available from Communities and Local Government