Community Right to Challenge

Community Right to Challenge

The Community Right to Challenge came into force on 27 June 2012.

This new right gives community and voluntary organisations, parish councils and groups of two or more Stoke-on-Trent City Council employees the opportunity to express an interest in running council services.

If an expression of interest is submitted by one of these relevant bodies, and this meets certain key criteria set by national government, we will begin a procurement exercise. This will give the relevant body an opportunity to submit a tender to run the service under contract with the City Council.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council will be inviting expressions of interest from relevant organisations at the following times:

  1. The City Council’s first window will open between 1March 2013 and 30 April 2013 for all relevant services not specified on the schedule referred to in points 2 & 3 below.
  2. A schedule will be prepared to identify windows of opportunity for specific contracted services to align with contract review or expiry dates.
  3. This schedule will also identify ‘windows of opportunity’ for specific services currently provided by the authority. These windows will be scheduled so as to give relevant bodies the opportunity to play a greater role in our service delivery.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is currently developing the policies and processes necessary to implement the ‘Right’ and we will publish more detailed information, including the schedule, as soon as it becomes available.

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:

  • Localism Bill
  • Right to Challenge guidance

See related links on the left hand side for a link to the Department for Communities and Local Government website.

Alternatively if you have any further questions please email:  or telephone 01782 232841.