What is the ‘Community Right to Challenge’?
The Community Right to Challenge form an important part of the Government’s plans to create the conditions for communities to play a bigger part in shaping the running of local services.
A ‘relevant body’ such as a charitable organisation, voluntary or community body or a town or parish council will be able to express an interest in providing a local authority service subject to certain exceptions. Councils must respond to this challenge and consider the positive impact the proposal could have on the community.
If a challenge is rejected, the council must publish the reasons for this. When a challenge is accepted the council must run a competitive procurement process.
Where can I find more information?
A good place to start is the MyCommunityRights website which contains information about Community Right to Bid and Right to Challenge, amongst other topics.
External funding may be available through the Social Investment Business Group.
How do I make a challenge?
Contact our Procurement team for more information.