If you are a charity, voluntary or community organisation, parish council or a group of local authority employees, you have the right to submit an expression of interest in running a part or all of a local authority service. The 'community right to challenge' is a national process introduced by the government’s Localism Act 2011.
The community right to challenge aims to make it easier for local groups to bid to run council services. It ensures that groups with ideas on how things can be run differently or better are listened to and given the necessary time to prepare an effective bid to present to their local authority.
We are keen to work with all community and voluntary groups as well as social enterprises to support you in providing services on our behalf.
Before you submit a right to challenge application, we would encourage interested groups to contact our commissioning team on the details below to discuss how we can help you.
To find out more about the community right to challenge and how to submit an expression of interest, download the guidance note and application form below.
Visit our third sector funding opportunities webpage for further information on funding opportunities.