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Community right to challenge

The Community Right to Challenge came into effect on 27 June 2012 as part of the Localism Act. It gives community organisations the right to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in running public services.

If a community group, charity, parish council or group of staff (of the Council) identify a service they would like to run, they will need to submit an EOI form to us. If we accept the EOI, we must then run a procurement exercise for the service. The interested group will then need to compete with others who may wish to run the service.

The Community Right to Challenge is only one mechanism to help communities get involved in the running of services. It may not always be the best route for a group or community. If you would like to discuss with us ways of improving our services, or look at alternative models for service delivery, contact us. There are a range of options for working in partnership.

For more detail about the Community Right to Challenge please refer to the Government’s non statutory guidance.

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