The Localism Act 2011 has created the Community Right to Challenge. It gives some community and voluntary sector organisations and groups of council staff the right to ‘challenge’ local authorities by putting forward an Expression of Interest in running their services.
A successful challenge would result in a procurement exercise in which the challenger would be able to take part along with other interested organisations.
The Act does not give an automatic right to the organisation expressing an interest to deliver the service, nor is it guaranteed the organisation will be successful in any procurement exercise.
View the official 'Right to Challenge' guidance provide by the government.
Submitting an expression of interest
Expressions of interest will be accepted by Walsall Council at any time of the year. Initial expressions of interest should be submitted by email or by post / hand to:
Community Right to Challenge
C/o Corporate Procurement
Zone 3 A
The expressions of interest will be reviewed by the council's Head of Procurement and Shared Services who may contact the party expressing interest to gather further information. Proposals received which meet the relevant criteria will be reviewed by the council's Corporate Management Team.
In your initial email please include your contact details and an overview of the proposal in line with the statutory requirements and guidance.