Community Right to Challenge

  • Community Right to Challenge

The ‘Community Right to Challenge’ is the new Community Right under the Localism Act 2011 which allows 'Relevant Groups' voluntary, neighbourhood and community groups, charities, parish councils, and local authority staff to challenge to run local authority services where they believe they can do so differently and better, demonstrating value for money and social benefits.  

Successful challenges can trigger a decision to seek prices to deliver the service on the open market. This process provides an opportunity for communities to help shape local services for the local community, but does not mean that the organisation that challenges will be successful in running the service. This is because once a challenge is successful the running of a service will be open to competition from the public, community and private sector.

The council is likely to introduce a window of opportunity in which expressions of interest (EOI) to challenge service provision can be submitted.  The first opportunity will not be before 1st July 2013.

Before you apply, use this pre-completion expression of interest (EOI) checklist.

This checklist is provided to ensure that potential submission/s meet key criteria from the outset, which we hope will not only assist applicants, but ensure the process is both effective and efficient in saving time and effort.

1) The submitting organisation/individuals meet the relevant body Criteria

Should you answer “No” to any of the questions listed, this may indicate that you do not meet minimum criteria or that there are likely to be shortcomings that need addressing prior to submitting an expression of interest.  

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2) The expression of interest will be submitted within the time period 1st July - 31st July as specified by the council

 

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3) The geographical location and service to be delivered to be contained in submission is identified and clearly scoped

 

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4) Financial capacity can be evidenced sufficient to delivery service upon which bid is based

 

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5) If successful, the relevant body has capacity to participate in a procurement exercise

   

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6) The relevant body is able to demonstrate they have sufficient resources and experience to deliver the service

 

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7) The relevant body understands that a successful EOI does not give the relevant body the right to delivery service and acknowledges that this will be subject to a competitive procurement exercise in the open market procurement exercise in the open market                                            

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8) The relevant body can identify within their service delivery model, community and social benefits and demonstrate value for money, as part of a competitive tendering process

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9) The relevant body understands that surplus profit achieved from service delivery over and above meeting overheads of the business, are to be reinvested to sustain and improve service benefits to the Community

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You are ready to complete an Expression of interest application

If you require assistance or further clarification please contact the Procurement Unit, Tel no. 01843 577112 who will be able to identify the appropriate officer to assist with your enquiry.