Community right to challenge

The Community Right to Challenge allows applicants (known as 'relevant bodies') to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to provide, or assist in providing, a Council service. If the Council accepts an EOI a competitive procurement exercise will be triggered.

EOIs may be submitted by 'relevant bodies' and these are defined as

  • Voluntary and community bodies
  • Registered Charities
  • Groups of two or more employees of the authority
  • Parish councils.

The Council's approach

The Council has developed a local policy to implementing the Community Right to Challenge. The Community Right to Challenge framework and guidance will shortly be available to view online. In the meantime these are available on request by using the contact details.

Under section 82 (2) of the Act the Council is entitled to set time periods within which it will consider expressions of interest. EOIs submitted outside of those specified time periods may be rejected (s.82 (4) d.

Calderdale Council has set the time period within which it will consider expressions of interest from 1st July to 30th September annually. We will make a decision on your expression based upon the information that we ask for in this form and in accordance with the provisions of the Act. We will acknowledge receipt, and within 30 days we will let you know the date by which you will receive a decision on your application. Our decision will be to reject, to ask you to modify, or to accept your EOI.

Submitting an Expression of Interest

If you wish to submit a formal EOI, see the additional guidance at Community Right to Challenge .

The Council recognises the valuable role that voluntary and community organisations have to play in the delivery of local services. Organisations that are interested in submitting an EOI to run a service are invited to contact us in the first instance to have informal discussions on service delivery and improvement.

Initial contact can be made by email or telephone to: