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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 2018/19 window of opportunity is now closed. The next window of opportunity will open on 1 January 2020 and close on 1 March 2020. We will not consider expressions of interest outside this period. 

The following services were 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 payroll, invoice processing, revenues and benefits services, customer service centre, facilities maintenance and estates management – contract runs until 2020.
  • 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 06 August 2019