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The Community Right to Challenge provides an opportunity for communities or council employees to take over local services that they think they can run differently and better.

If you’re interested in taking over a service but aren’t sure which organisation currently provides it, your Community Focus Team Leader for your area will be able to help you find out.

Find out who your Community Focus contact is

The Community Right to Challenge is one of many opportunities where individuals and neighbourhoods can take responsibility for the lives they lead.

For more information see:

Localism Act

Community Right to Challenge Guidance

Who has the 'right to challenge'?

The Localism Act allows the Right to Challenge to be used by a 'relevant body'. These are:

  • A voluntary group whose activities are carried out not for profit
  • A community group whose activities are carried out purely for the benefit of the community
  • A body or trust which is established for charitable purposes only
  • A parish council
  • Two or more employees from the organisation who already provide the service.

For more information see:

Localism Act

Community Right to Challenge Guidance

How the right to challenge works

Step 1 (Word Document, 1.14 Mb)

Step 2 the Council Considers Your Proposal (Word Document, 0.45 Mb)

Step 3 (Word Document, 1.14 Mb)

Step 4 – The successful bidder takes over the running of the service.

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