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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 2011. It gives community organisations the right to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in running public services.

How does the Community Right to Challenge work?

If a community group, charity, parish council or group of council staff would like to take over the running of a service, they must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form to the Council.

The Council will assess the Expression of Interest against the set criteria to see if it can be accepted. If the Council accepts the Expression of Interest, an open procurement exercise will be carried out. The interested group will take part in the procurement exercise and will compete with others who may wish to run the service.

Who can use the Community Right to Challenge?

There are four broad categories of groups who are able to submit an Expression of Interest:

  • Voluntary and community bodies
  • Charities
  • Parish or Town Councils
  • A group of 2 or more employees of the Council

Individuals are not permitted to use the Community Right to Challenge.

What is the next step if I am considering submitting an Expression of Interest?

We would encourage all interested groups to contact us before submitting an Expression of Interest. An expression of interest form and guidance notes will be sent to you if you decide to proceed.

pdf Community Right to Challenge Statutory Guidance [147.77KB] pdf Understanding the Community Right to Challenge [206.16KB] pdf Sedgemoor District Council Community Right to Challenge Policy & Procedure [319.96KB]