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Community Right to Challenge

Community Right to Challenge

The Localism Act 2011 created the Community Right to Challenge, which gives community and voluntary sector organisations and council staff the right to 'challenge' local authorities by putting forward an expression of interest in running a service or part of a service.

A successful challenge will result in a competitive procurement exercise in which the challenger will be able to take part along with other interested organisations.

The Community Right to Challenge came into force on 27 June 2012. We have received no formal expressions of interest since the right came into force.

The 2017/18 window of opportunity is now closed. The next window of opportunity will open on 1st January 2019 and close on 1st March 2019. We will not consider expressions of interest outside this period. 

The following services are exempt from the 2018/19 window of opportunity due to existing contract arrangements.

These services will move into the Community Right to Challenge process towards the end of their current contract:

  • Waste and recycling services – recycling contract in place to May 2025 with a possible one year plus one year extension. Waste Services contract extended until May 2020.
  • Corporate services including human resources, payroll, invoice processing, information technology support, revenues and benefits services, customer service centre, facilities maintenance and estates management – contract runs until 2020 with a possible five-year extension to 2025.
  • Housing repairs and maintenance including responsive repairs and maintenance, programmed maintenance work, gas servicing, remedial works to unoccupied dwellings, decent homes work, electrical repairs works and domestic gas works – contract runs until 2017/18.
  • Street parking enforcement – contract runs until 2020 with a possible one year extension to 2021.
  • Tapton Park Golf Club – contract runs until 2033.
  • Testing of taxi vehicles – contract runs until May 2020.
  • Testing of taxi drivers’ driving ability – contract runs until April 2020.

Statutory Guidance regarding the Community Right to Challenge.

For further information on this right, please contact Donna Reddish, Assistant Director – Policy and Communications, on 01246 345 307.


Last updated on 02 March 2018