What is the 'Community right to challenge'?
The Localism Act which came into force on 15 November 2011 introduced new powers for local communities, including a Community Right to Challenge.
The Community Right to Challenge provisions commenced on 27 June 2012 and form an important part of the Government’s plans to create the conditions for communities to play a bigger part in shaping the running of local services.
Under the Act, a defined 'relevant body' such as a charitable organisation, voluntary or community body or a town or parish council will be able to express an interest in providing a local authority service subject to certain exceptions. Under the new law, councils must respond to this challenge and consider the positive impact the proposal could have on the community.
If a challenge is rejected the council must publish the reasons for this. When a challenge is accepted the council must run a competitive procurement process.
Where can I find more information?
A good place to start is the MyCommunityRights website which contains information about Community Right to Bid and Right to Challenge amongst other topics.
External funding may be available through the Social Investment Business Group.
Community Right to Challenge Grant Programme
How do I make a challenge?
We have developed a range of information and guidance for relevant bodies in support of the challenge.