The Community Right to Challenge is now in effect. It enables communities to challenge to take over local services that they think they can run differently and better. The Right to Challenge could be used to run a wide range of local services.

Advice and grants are available if you are thinking about taking over a service from your local council including use of the Right to Challenge.

Some examples of community groups already providing local services include:

Fresh Horizons run an efficient library service in Huddersfield, combining this with advice and credit union services and in the future a cinema.

Halifax Opportunities Trust manage a large proportion of Calderdale Council’s children’s centre, they also run two large conference and workspace facilities.

A challenge will be considered by a local authority and may be accepted or rejected, but if it is accepted does not mean you will necessarily get to run the service as the council would have to run a tendering exercise which anyone can bid for, including the private sector.

Please note that the Right applies to services being delivered by local authorities and fire and rescue services.

Support and advice

Find out more from the Understanding the Community Right to Challenge download and How does it work? route map which directs you to information at different stages of the process. Funding has been made available by DCLG through a grants programme run by the Social Investment Business.

Our Contract Readiness Checker helps you prepare for running a service.

Get further support and learn from others in the case studies section.  Still have questions? Contact us via the advice service.

We also welcome enquiries from local councils needing guidance on the policies and how best to respond to Expressions of Interest.

Other guidance

We can assist with the running or bidding to run of public services even if you are not planning to use the Community Right to Challenge mechanism itself. The new Community Right to Challenge is available in England only.

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