The Community Right to Challenge is one of the new community rights introduced by the Localism Act 2011.
The Community Right to Challenge allows voluntary and community groups, charities, parish councils or employees of the Council to submit an expression of interest in running services of Manchester City Council (“the Council”) on behalf of the Council.
The Community Right to Challenge applies to the majority of services provided by or on behalf of the Council. The Community Right to Challenge can be made in respect of an entire service or part of a service.
If an organisation is interested in running a service, they have to submit an expression of interest to the Council. The Council then has to decide whether to accept, modify, or reject the expression of interest. If the expression of interest is accepted by the Council, then a normal procurement exercise will take place for the service. The organisation that put forward the expression of interest can take part in this procurement exercise along with any others who wish to run the service.
Making an Expression of Interest (EOI)
The following bodies (referred to as ‘relevant bodies’) are able to submit an EOI to the Council:
- A voluntary or community body
- A charitable trust or body
- A town or parish council; or
- Two or more employees of the Council.
Further information regarding ‘relevant bodies’ can be found at sections 1.4 to 1.15 of the DCLG’s Community Right to Challenge: Statutory Guidance.
When you can submit an Expression of Interest
The Council has set a window for the submission of Expressions of Interest: in 2018 and later years it is 1 September to 1 October [ in 2017 only it is 1 October to 30 November].
How to submit an Expression of Interest
If your organisation is a “relevant body” and you wish to submit a formal EIO to the Council, then please complete the Council’s application form.
Further information on the Community Right to Challenge can be found