Community Right to Challenge

The Community Right to Challenge gives community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, parish councils and local authority staff the opportunity to express an interest in running council services.

If communities chose to submit expressions of interest, and these meet certain key criteria set by national government, we will begin a procurement exercise. This will give the community an opportunity to bid to run the service under contract with WCC.

Timetable for every year

The process works to the following timetable every year:

Submission Period – 1 April to 30 June

This is the period for expressions of interest to be submitted. If there are existing contractual arrangements, the expression of interest must be received 6-18 months before the procurement process for that contract is due to commence.

Initial Filter Period – 1 July to 30 July

Within 30 days of the end of the submission period, Warwickshire County Council’s Monitoring Officer will review submissions and advise applicants of the next steps.

Decision Period – 1 July – 31 December

Submissions will be referred to an appropriate member body to be formally accepted or rejected.

Procurement Period – 3-18 months after decision

If any expressions of interest are accepted as valid, a procurement process must commence within 3 to 18 months of the decision.

Please note: The right to express an interest does not mean that the Council must continue to run services it wishes to decommission. Commissioning decisions remain with the Council.

General information on the Localism Act 2011 and the provisions relating to the Community Right to Challenge can be found on the Department for Communities and Local Government website:

If you have any further questions about the community right to challenge please email: or telephone 01926 412113.

Community Right to Challenge was last updated on July 24, 2017.