Community right to challenge
The 2011 Localism Act included a new ‘Community Right to Challenge’, which allows:
- voluntary and community bodies
- parish councils
- groups of 2 or more staff from the local authority
- any other person or body specified by the Secretary of State by regulations
to bid to express an interest in the running of services the council currently provides. Private sector providers can support the above providers in their challenge. The Government provides guidance on the services the Right to Challenge can apply to and who can submit an EOI form.
Under the Right to Challenge, relevant bodies can submit a written Expression of Interest (EOI) in running a service, which the local authority is required to consider and respond to.
Last updated 15 June 2023