Community right to challenge

The Community Right to Challenge gives community and voluntary organisations and parish councils the opportunity to express an interest in running council services.

If you submit an expression of interest meeting key criteria set by the government, the Council will begin a procurement exercise.  This will give you an opportunity to bid to run the service under a contract with the Council.

Expressions of interest

We will be inviting expressions of interest from relevant organisations from 1 April to 31 May each year.

Exceptions to this are services where an existing contractual obligation is in place.  The relevant services and times when expressions of interest may be made for these are set out in our Contracts Register.

Expressions of interest should be sent to the Procurement Service at the address on the right.

The Council will carefully consider each expression of interest and the Cabinet will decide whether they meet the Government's legal framework.

The Council will reply in writing confirming receipt of each expression of interest and will respond within a maximum of 90 days with the Council's decision.

The Council will then proceed to procurement according to the principles set out in our Procurement Policy, the regulations in the Council's Constitution relating to financial and contract procedure rules, the Public Services (Social Value Act) 2012 and the general duty of best value in the Local Government Act 1999.