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Community Right to Challenge

The Right to Challenge allows voluntary and community groups, charities, parish councils, and local authority staff to bid to run a local authority service where they believe they can do so differently and better. This may be a whole service or part of a service.

Relevant bodies will need to submit a written expression of interest (EOI).  A standard application form and guidance for relevant bodies to use when submitting EOIs is attached.

Local authorities will have to consider and respond to expressions of interest which, if accepted, will trigger a procurement exercise for that service. The challenging body can then participate, alongside others.

The specified period for accepting expressions of interest in relevant services will be from 1 April to 31 May each year, commencing 1 April 2013.

There is more information about the Community Right to Bid, and advice on grants and support, on the My Community website.