I was going to blog on this but as I suspected everyone else has already done it, probably better. Just Google ‘community right to challenge privatisation’

In a nutshell the ‘Community Right to Challenge’ in the Localism Bill is framed as helping local groups and social enterprises run things. But actually if such an organisation successfully ‘challenges’ the way a service is run, it doesn’t get given to them, but goes out to tender, where Capita or their depersonalised, large-scale third sector equivalent will probably snap it up.

The consultation on this provision is ongoing until Tuesday at the CLG website and is worth commenting on if you have time. Whilst the Community Right to Buy will be at best helpful and at worst benignly irrelevant, the Right to Challenge is, potentially, actively antithetical to localism.