Community Right to Challenge

The Community Right to Challenge gives local voluntary and community sector groups (referred to as ‘relevant bodies’ in the statutory guidance) or groups of local authority employees an opportunity to express an interest in running a service that the council presently provides.

It was introduced by the government as part of the Localism Act 2011.

You can send us your good ideas for running a service in a different or better way – for example, to provide additional social outcomes for our communities or greater value for money for residents – at any time.

Expressions of interest

If you are a relevant body and wish to submit a formal expression of interest in running a service, however, you will have an opportunity to do so during a ‘window’ that will be open between 1 June and 31 July each year. This approach allows us to properly consider your proposal as a part of our service-review and budget-setting cycle.

Completed nomination forms should be emailed or posted to us at the contact details below.

If we accept your expression of interest, an open procurement process will begin, which you would be eligible to participate in alongside other potential providers, including private companies.


We have produced a ‘frequently asked questions’ document to provide guidance on how we will administer and process applications.

Further information

For more information contact David Kidston, Strategy and Partnerships Manager at or 01223 457043.

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