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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 2019/20 window of opportunity is now closed. The next window of opportunity will open on 1 January 2021 and close on 1 March 2021. We will not consider expressions of interest outside this period. 

Statutory Guidance regarding the Community Right to Challenge.

For further information on this right, please contact Donna Reddish, Assistant Director – Policy and Communications, by email at or call 01246 345307.

Last updated on 12 March 2020