Rossendale Borough Council

Community Right to Challenge

Rossendale Borough Council's Approach

The Community Right to Challenge is part of the Localism Act 2011.  The Right to Challenge came into force on 27 June 2012.

What is the right to challenge?

It is intended to make it easier for voluntary and community groups or council employees to bid to run council services. The Right to Challenge enables eligible groups ‘relevant bodies’ to express an interest in running a local authority service. Rossendale Borough Council must consider expressions of interest, and where it accepts them, run a procurement exercise for the service which anyone can compete in.

Who has the right to challenge?

The following groups are all eligible to express an interest in bidding to run a particular Rossendale Borough Council service. The Right to Challenge is open to 'relevant bodies' defined by the Localism Act 2011 as:

  • a voluntary or community body;
  • a body of persons or a trust which is established for charitable purposes only;
  • a parish council;
  • two or more employees of the relevant authority; or;
  • any other person or body specified by the Secretary of State by regulations.

Further information on the regulations and guidance for the Right to Challenge is available on the Department for Communities and Local Government website. 

The Council welcomes expressions of interest from groups and organisations that meet the ‘relevant body’ criteria who feel that our services could be improved or re-designed to best meet the needs of the residents of Rossendale and could be sustainably delivered by them.

The Council will consider all expressions of interest and, where these are accepted, undertake an appropriate open procurement exercise for the service.

Services open to challenge

The Right to Challenge applies to all of the services that Rossendale Borough Council provides. The right only applies to the provision of services, it does not provide for delegation of the functions of a relevant authority. The responsibility for the function itself remains with the relevant authority.

How to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI)

Submitting an expression of interest is the first formal step in using the Right to Challenge. The Council's Right to Challenge Expression of Interest form is available to download from our website.

The form requests all the information the Council is allowed to as set out in the statutory guidance.  The Council’s Policy and Guidance document outlines all the information you need to consider before submitting your expression of interest. The information you provide in your expression of interest will be used to accept or reject it.

When an Expression of Interest is accepted we will put in place an open procurement exercise in line with current procurement regulations. The timescale for this will vary according to the nature and circumstances of the service that the Expression of Interest relates to, this will be communicated throughout the process with the relevant body. Notification of any expressions of interest received under the Right to Challenge would be published on the Council’s website which allows it to be an open and transparent process.

When to submit an expression of interest

Rossendale Borough Council accepts Expressions of Interest under the Right to Challenge at any time during the year. However, any related procurement exercise will be synchronised with the current commissioning cycle and current contractual agreements for service delivery. This will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

How does the right to challenge process work?

 1. Expression of Interest - Relevant bodies submit and expression of interest.

 2. Review & Decision - Expression of interest is either accepted, rejected or modified by the Borough Council. Full Council will determine the final decision of approval.

 3. Procurement - Borough Council runs an open procurement exercise if the expression of interest is accepted & the successful tender that wind the contract takes over the service.  

This is set out in more detail in the Council Community Right to Challenge Policy and Guidance which can be downloaded from our website.

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