Community Right to Challenge

1. Overview

The Community Right to Challenge was introduced by the Localism Act 2012, and gives certain organisations and groups of people the right to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in running council services.

An EOI must be submitted within a specific period which is explained on the following page. Where an EOI is accepted by the council, then we will run a procurement process which means we will invite interested bodies to bid for the contract to run the service.


The Right can be used by charities, voluntary or community groups, parish councils and groups of two or more council employees, these organisations and groups of people are called ‘relevant bodies’ in the Act. They may submit an EOI alone, or in a consortium with other relevant bodies or non-relevant bodies.

The Right does not apply to some types of health and children’s services, in particular:

  • services that relate to named individuals with complex needs
  • services managed through direct payments

Any relevant bodies interested in submitting an EOI may wish to make contact with the service(s) concerned to discuss this in the first instance in order to prepare their submission.

They will need to provide detailed information within the EOI on proposals for running the service(s) as well as their own capacity and resources.