Community Right to Challenge

The Community Right to Challenge is part of the Localism Act.

The Community Right to Challenge gives community and voluntary sector organisations, charities, parish councils and groups of council staff the right to 'challenge' local authorities (including fire and rescue services) about the way they run certain services.  They are able to put forward an Expression of Interest in running such services.  A successful challenge would result in a competitive procurement exercise in which the challenger would be able to take part along with other interested organisations.

Please see the Authority’s procedure and initial submission form below:

You will note that it suggests that if you are interested in pursuing a challenge that you speak to the Director of Governance in the first instance.

Contact: Andrew Leadbetter by telephone 01606 868456 or email

Useful links

Community Rights government website (opens in new window)

Right to Challenge statutory guidance on the GOV.UK website (opens in new window)

Last updated: Thursday 02 March 2023

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