Community right to challenge—procedure
Community right to challenge—procedure

The following Planning guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Community right to challenge—procedure
  • Assessing the organisation
  • Approaching the relevant authority and acquiring service information
  • Building a business case
  • Submitting an Expression of Interest
  • The relevant authority's decision
  • The procurement exercise
  • Preparation for running the service

The Community Right to Challenge (CRTC), introduced by the Localism Act 2011, came into effect in England on 27 June 2012.

The CRTC allows community organisations to submit an expression of interest (EOI) in running services of relevant authorities, on behalf of that authority. If the authority accepts the EOI, it must run a procurement exercise for the service. The interested group must then compete with others who wish to run the service.

The My Community Rights website provides detailed guidance on the steps involved in the CRTC.

Assessing the organisation

It is advisable for a party intending to submit an EOI to assess its capability to go through the whole process at an early stage. A challenge can be rejected purely on the grounds that the relevant authority feels that there are inadequacies in the capabilities, skills, finance or systems of the organisation in question.

Initial assessment of the company's capabilities helps the group to identify areas where development is needed and where a grant might most usefully be spent.

Locality—Contract Readiness Checker

Locality has produced a Contract Readiness Checker (the Checker) especially for use in conjunction with the CRTC. The Community Rights website recommends that all organisations should complete this if they are thinking about using the power, or whether they could take on the delivery of public services. Even organisations that

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