The Sustainable Communities Act 2007 (SCA) provides an opportunity for local people to ask central government via local government to remove legislative or other barriers that prevent them from improving the economic, social and environmental well-being of their area.

The Act was amended in 2010 to help improve the procedures for receiving, considering and taking decisions on SCA proposals. Under the new process, should the Secretary of State reject a proposal, councils now have an opportunity to challenge that decision by requesting the Selector to review the decision. If the Selector agrees with the council's challenge, it can resubmit the proposal to the Secretary of State for reconsideration. Regulations require the Secretary of State to consult and try to reach agreement with the Selector before deciding whether the proposal may or may not be implemented.

The Local Government Association (LGA) was re-appointed as the Selector on 1 April 2013. Subsequent to that, following the government's decision to enable town and parish councils to submit proposals under the SCA directly to government, the LGA became the Selector for appeals from Principal Councils only whilst NALC became the Selector for town and parish councils.

On 15 December 2010, the Secretary of State issued a second invitation for councils to consult people, ask them how they would like to see their local area improved and to take whatever action they see fit to make it happen. The Government also announced a new barrier-busting portal which now provides the mechanism to make proposals under the SCA. Under this new model, there will no longer be formal SCA rounds.

The LGA-DCLG Sustainable Communities Act Memorandum of Understanding (PDF, 3 pages, 541KB)

Submit your proposals to Government via the Barrier Busting Portal

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