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Community right to challenge

The Community Right to Challenge allows local groups that are interested in taking over the running of a council service to send an expression of interest to their council.

Councils will consider expressions of interest that are made to them as long as they are submitted by an eligible group and for an eligible service. If an expression of interest is accepted then the council will run an open procurement exercise for that service. This procurement exercise is open to other organisations besides the group/organisation that originally expressed an interest.

The Right to Challenge is one of the powers contained in the Localism Act aimed at moving power away from central government to local communities. These rights also include the Community Right to Bid and the Community Right to Build.

Making an expression of interest (EOI)

To help our local communities and interested parties to use the Community Right to Challenge effectively, we have developed a timetable, based on our contracts register, that sets out the window of opportunity to submit an interest in running one of our services. This will enable expressions of interest to be synchronised with our current commissioning cycle.

Not all of the services we provide are under contract. If you are interested in submitting an EOI for a service not covered on the contract schedule you can submit an EOI at any time.

How can I apply?

If you represent an eligible organisation then please fill out the application form and return it to us.

Application form and guidance notes



Head of Democratic, Legal and Policy Services
Buckinghamshire Council (Wycombe Area)
Queen Victoria Road
High Wycombe
HP11 1BB

Who can apply?

In order to express an interest in running a council service you need to represent a relevant body. This includes parish and town councils, voluntary or community bodies, charities, two or more Council employees.

When can I apply?

  • Applications for running a council service should be received before the contract review date. See the council contracts register for individual contract dates.

Are any services exempt?

The Community Right to Challenge applies to all services currently provided by or on behalf of Buckinghamshire Council, but certain exemptions do apply.