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Community Right to Challenge coming into force

31st, May 2012

DCLG Community Right to Challenge - The Localism Act provides the Right to Challenge, it 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.

Relevant bodies will need to submit a written expression of interest. Local authorities 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.

Commencement - The Community Right to Challenge (Fire and Rescue Authorities and Rejection of Expressions of Interest) (England) Regulations 2012 and the Community Right to Challenge (Expressions of Interest and Excluded Services)(England) Regulations 2012 have been laid in Parliament. DCLG expect the community right to challenge to come into force on 27 June 2012. The draft statutory instruments are available on legislation.gov.uk (see below).

DCLG have published draft statutory guidance on the Community Right to Challenge (link below). A final version of this guidance will be published when the Community Right to Challenge comes into force. 

Draft Statutory Guidance:  http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/localgovernment/pdf/2148165.pdf

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