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The Localism Act 2011 introduced the Community Right to Challenge, which came into effect on 27 June 2012. The right makes it easier for community and voluntary groups, and employees, to bid to provide Council services.

Interested groups can submit an Expression of Interest in providing a service. The Council will then consider the Expression of Interest and if it is accepted, run a procurement exercise for delivery of the service. The Council will consider Expressions of Interest on specific services at set times to fit with our agreed commissioning and procurement processes.

All the information you need to submit an Expression of Interest to provide a relevant Council service is included in the following pages. Before you begin, please check:

  • If your organisation is a relevant body for the purposes of the Community Right to Challenge
  • If the service you are interested in providing is exempt from the Right.
  • When the Council will accept an Expression of Interest for the service you are interested in

Further details on the Right to Challenge can be found in the statutory guidance produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Updated: 03 April 2023

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