Community Right to Challenge

Community Right to Challenge

What is the Community Right to Challenge?

The community right to challenge will allow 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.

Organisations wishing to exercise the right to challenge will need to submit a written expression of interest.  The Council 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.

For more information on the Community Right to Challenge, visit the Communities and Local Government website.

Expression of Interest Form 

When a valid expression of interest is received the Council is required to undertake a procurement exercise for that service, which may lead to the authority awarding a contract for the provision of that service.

We will make a decision on your expression based upon the information that we ask in this form and in accordance with the provisions of the Localism Act 2011.  We will acknowledge receipt within 10 working days.

The Council may accept an expression of interest, accept it with modifications, or reject it.  Potential reasons for rejection are listed below:

* if the expression of interest does not meet the requirements of the service, or is outside the regulations that the council must comply with 
*  if the information presented is inaccurate or is inadequate to be fully considered 
* the organisation submitting the expression of interest is not suitable to provide the service 
* the expression of interest relates to a service where a decision has been made to stop providing that service; 
* the expression of interest relates to a service which falls outside of the Localism Act 2011 because it is an exempt service; 
* the expression of interest relates to a service which is already the subject of a procurement exercise; 
* the expression of interest relates to a service for which negotiations are underway;
* the expression of interest is frivolous or vexatious; or
* acceptance of the expression of interest is likely to lead to a breach of the law, or statutory duty.

The council recognises the valuable role that voluntary and community organisations have to play in delivery of local services and are committed to working closely with such services.

Local authorities are able to designate certain times of year when expressions of interest can be submitted.  The council has agreed that expressions of interest may be submitted from 1 August to 31 August each year.  The Council will acknowledge receipt of the Expression of Interest and will notify the applicant of the timescales within which it will make its decision by 30 October each year.

Please contact us on:

Tel No:                      (01482) 300300 
Email Address: 
Postal Address:      Procurement Manager, Town Clerk’s Service, Resources Directorate, The Guildhall, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AA

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