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People Encouraged to Tell Selby Council How to Save Money

Selby District Council

1:23pm 29th April 2013

Selby District Council is opening up new opportunities for people to get involved in the running of their local services, as part of the government's Localism Act.

The launch of a new 'Community Right to Challenge' gives people a new framework to submit formal expressions of interest in running council services.

The Council is also encouraging individuals or organisations to make informal approaches at any time about doing things differently: how would you run your local services if you were in charge?

Community, charity or voluntary groups can call for a procurement exercise to be run for a council service if they believe that they could provide it in a more efficient, responsive or cost-effective way. This triggers a competitive procurement exercise which would look at all the competing options. Where council services have already been contracted out, community groups can submit expressions of interest for running the service in a different way.

Selby District Council's Lead Executive Member for Communities, Cllr Chris Metcalfe, explained, "Here at Selby we've made a lot of changes over recent years to make sure we're getting the very best from each and every taxpayers' pound. The Community Right to Challenge, whether that's a formal approach or informally, builds on what we've already done and is an excellent opportunity for people to tell us their ideas for how they would do things, and to get involved in delivering their local services.

"This is a genuine opportunity to look at what we do, make sure we are delivering services in the best way possible and look at new opportunities for partnership working between the Council and our community."

The deadline for formal submissions under Community Right to Challenge is 12 May. Other informal approaches to the Council can be made at any time. For further information click here.

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