Community Right to Challenge
Under the terms of the Localism Act 2011, voluntary and community groups, parish councils and local authority staff can express an interest in taking over the running of a local authority service or function by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI).
Anyone wishing to submit an EOI will need to use the EOI form.
If you are considering submitting an EOI we would welcome a discussion with you as far as possible in advance. There may be ways in which we can help you achieve what you want without having to submit an EOI.
Please read the Community Right to Challenge guidance before completing the EOI form.
All Expressions of Interest Forms will be received by the Service Director, Legal and Governance. The Service Director will acknowledge receipt of the form in writing within 30 days and will include in the letter the process to be followed including an indication of when we will be in a position to notify you of our decision.
Different periods may be set for different cases depending on their complexity however the maximum period for determination will be 3 months to fit in with our budget setting process.
Expressions of interest will be considered by our relevant Corporate Director and Service Directors in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member in accordance with statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State.
If your EOI is accepted, we will undertake a procurement exercise to invite organisations to bid to deliver that service. This exercise may also include additional services where appropriate for better delivery of the function. All qualified organisations from the private, public and voluntary sectors will be able to tender. The group that submits an EOI may not win the contract.
To make sure we fulfil our duties to properly plan for future service provision for local people and produce an annual budget, we will only consider applications between 1 April and 30 June of each year.
We will tell you, by 31 July of that year, the maximum period that we will take to let you know whether your EOI has been accepted or rejected and publish details of the service specification. We may need to discuss your EOI with you if there are elements that require clarification.