Proposals to introduce a Community Right to Challenge

01 May 2011

Provisions were made in the Localism Bill to introduce a community right to challenge. This would enable relevant authority staff, voluntary and community sector organisations (VCS), charities, social enterprises and mutuals to express an interest in running a local authority service where they feel they can offer better value for money or a service more suited to the needs of the community.

ANEC's response noted that the strength of the North East's VCS would allow it to engage further in service delivery, although it also expressed concern that the private sector would be better placed to do so due to the cost of submitting a challenge, particularly in the difficult financial climate. The response also recognised the need for local authorities to determine their own procedures for assessing expressions of interest, along with guidance from the Government regarding support that authorities can provide to prospective bidders.

View the full ANEC response