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Community Right to Challenge

This right was introduced by the Localism Act 2011 and came into force on 27th June 2012.

This right can be used by charities, voluntary or community groups, parish councils and groups of two or more council employees. These organisations/groups can submit an expression of interest (EOI) in running council services.

Where the expression of interest is accepted by the council, then we will run a procurement exercise which will be open to any firm to tender/bid.

This right can apply to services that are currently contracted or supplied by private or voluntary providers as well as those still provided directly by the council.

Services that are currently under contract will be affected by the terms of the agreement in place, therefore it will only be possible to run a procurement exercise when the contract is coming to an end.

The council’s management team have agreed a draft process and details including the required information to submit an expression of interest and the form to be filled in will be made available soon.

The council also plan to publish their register of current contracts. This will include the contract end dates.

Expressions of interest can be made to the council between 1st March and 30th April 2013. and then at the same time each year thereafter.